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Title: The Origins of Avebury
Authors: Gillings, Mark
Pollard, Joshua
Strutt, Kristian
First Published: 10-Apr-2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP), Antiquity Publications
Citation: Antiquity, 2019, 93(368), pp. 359-377
Abstract: The Avebury henge is one of the famous megalithic monuments of the European Neolithic, yet much remains unknown about the detail and chronology of its construction. Here, the results of a new geophysical survey and re-examination of earlier excavation records illuminate the earliest beginnings of the monument. The authors suggest that Avebury's Southern Inner Circle was constructed to memorialise and monumentalise the site of a much earlier ‘foundational’ house. The significance here resides in the way that traces of habitation may take on special social and historical value, leading to their marking and commemoration through major acts of monument building.
DOI Link: 10.15184/aqy.2019.37
ISSN: 1745-1744
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Antiquity Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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