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Title: Betylmania? - small standing stones and the megaliths of south-west Britain
Authors: Gillings, Mark
First Published: 31-Aug-2015
Publisher: Wiley for University of Oxford, Institute of Archaeology
Citation: Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 2015, 34 (3), pp. 205-231 (27)
Abstract: This paper calls attention to a previously neglected element of the broad repertoire of monumental megalithic structures that characterise the later 3rd and 2nd millennia BC across the British Isles – extremely small standing stones. Despite their frequency and the complex arrangements and associations they embody, these miniliths are rarely recorded in detail and frequently marginalised to a generic background. As a result they are largely absent from interpretative accounts. Drawing upon recent debates regarding materiality and monument form, alongside the results of excavations explicitly targeting tiny stone settings, the discussion argues that the phenomenon of raising and fixing small uprights was not only widespread and persistent, but sheds important light upon the beliefs and ideas driving monument construction during the later Neolithic and Bronze Ages.
DOI Link: 10.1111/ojoa.12056
ISSN: 0262-5253
eISSN: 1468-0092
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 2015, 34 (3), pp. 205-231 (27), which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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