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The Megalithic Monuments of Britain and Ireland

Chris Scarre

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An accessible survey of the megalithic monuments of Britain and Ireland


Using massive stone blocks (megaliths), timber posts and mounds of earth or chalk, great monuments were built from the beginning of the Neolithic some 6,000 years ago down into the Bronze Age. The number and sheer diversity of these structures is astonishing. Stone circles and chambered tombs, burial mounds and earthwork enclosures, henges and cursus monuments, all belong to the same general category of monumental prehistoric architecture. Tombs, sanctuaries, places of cult and of memory: these Neolithic monuments had numerous functions in prehistoric societies. Transforming the landscape, such grand structures must have represented for their communities a particular way of responding to changing social and symbolic needs, whether processing the dead, gathering for ceremonies or embellishing locations that were of sacred significance.

Organized by geographical area, this authoritative overview is ideal for traveller and student alike.

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'An informative and stimulating overview of a complex subject'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 24.0 x 16.0 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Illustrations: 175

Publication date: 16 April 2007

ISBN: 9780500286661

Contents List

1. Monuments, Society and Landscape • 2. Scotland • 3. England and Wales • 4. Avebury and Stonehenge • 5. Ireland • 6. Neolithic Monuments in their European Setting

About the Author

Chris Scarre is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Durham. He has written or contributed to many books, including The Human Past and The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World, both of which he edited.