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Ceremonial Living in the Third Millennium BC (Paperback)

Excavations at Ringlemere Site M1, Kent, 2002–2006

Ancient History > Prehistory > British & Irish Prehistory Ancient History > Prehistory > Neolithic

Imprint: British Museum Press
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 120
ISBN: 9780861592173
Published: 31st January 2020
Casemate UK Academic

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The discovery in 2001 of an exquisite Early Bronze Age gold cup at Ringlemere Farm in Kent prompted an extensive survey and excavation of the site from 2002–2006. Excavation revealed a site with a long history of use, the most striking evidence being for intensive activity in the third millennium BC associated with a henge monument, the interior of which was later buried beneath an Early Bronze Age mound.This volume presents a detailed report on a rich array of structural and artefactual evidence spanning a few thousand years of prehistory, and the site’s subsequent slide into agricultural anonymity. Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age structures include a horseshoe setting, post alignments, hearths, pit clusters and varied small post settings. Evaluation of form and associated material culture steers interpretation away from the purely domestic and contributes to the keen ongoing debate about the place of ceremony in the world of third millennium Britain.

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