A Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscape in Northamptonshire: Volume 1

    SubTitle

    The Raunds Area Project
    A Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscape in Northamptonshire: Volume 1 large image 1
        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        28 Feb 2008

        Summary

        The Raunds Area Project investigated more than 20 Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in the Nene Valley. From c 5000 BC to the early 1st millennium cal BC a succession of ritual mounds and burial mounds were built as settlement along the valley sides increased and woodland was cleared.
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        Main Summary

          The Raunds Area Project investigated more than 20 Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in the Nene Valley. From c 5000 BC to the early 1st millennium cal BC a succession of ritual mounds and burial mounds were built as settlement along the valley sides increased and woodland was cleared.

          Starting as a regular stopping-place for flint knapping and domestic tasks, first the Long Mound, and then Long Barrow, the north part of the Turf Mound and the Avenue were built in the 5th millennium BC. With the addition of the Long Enclosure, the Causewayed Ring Ditch, and the Southern Enclosure, there was a chain of five or six diverse monuments stretched along the river bank by c 3000 cal BC. Later, a timber platform, the Riverside Structure, was built and the focus of ceremonial activity shifted to the Cotton ‘Henge’, two concentric ditches on the occupied valley side.

          From c 2200 cal BC monument building accelerated and included the Segmented Ditch Circle and at least 20 round barrows, almost all containing burials, at first inhumations, then cremations down to c 1000 cal BC, by which time two overlapping systems of paddocks and droveways had been laid out. Finally, the terrace began to be settled when these had gone out of use, in the early 1st millennium cal BC.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Frances Healy
          Jan Harding

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          276mm

          Number of Illustrations

          160

          Number of Pages

          342

          ISBN

          9781873592991

          Contents

            List of Illustrations

            List of Tables

            List of Contributors

            Preface

            Acknowledgements

            Summary

            Résumé

            Zusammenfassung

            A note on radiocarbon dates

            1. Introduction

            2. Environment and land use in the valley bottom

            3. The development of the monuments

            4. Ceremonial practice and mortuary ritual

            5. Raunds in the region

            Bibliography

            Index

            Reviews

              a fine example of a totally integrated excavation report, which incorporates all the key results from the large team of specialists involved within a single carefully paced narrative.'