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Megaliths on the edge of Time: Iberia and western Britain

AuthorsHigginbottom, Gail
Issue DateAug-2020
Citation26th Virtual Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (2020)
AbstractIn Higginbottom´s 2020 work on Bronze Age monuments of Scotland, it was concluded that through ‘the construction of stone, water, the land, the cremated dead and specific astronomical phenomena, … builders of monuments produced dramatic bounded visual events in time, that were played out using a spectacular show based on light and darkness, and, manipulating these through positioning of monuments, demonstrated the significance of the Sun for them and its connection to life, and its lack, to death (in press). This current presentation focuses on the Neolithic. It reveals some of the early results to come of out The Marie Skłodowska-Curie action (MC) - SHoW - Shared Worlds: revealing prehistoric shared worlds along Europe ́s Atlantic Façade. This project asks: what is the likelihood that cultural ideas related to megaliths and the natural world came from Iberia, via various routes, and established themselves in western Britain? This paper´s emphasis will be different to that presented at WAC, where the former primarily considers topographical and astronomical choices linked to basic monument types. Whilst this EAA paper will also use 2D/3D GIS and immersion technologies to reveal the landscape choices of people for the erection of megalithic monuments in the Neolithic on both sides of the Atlantic Façade, it will concentrate on the narrative and notions of ‘moments in Time’ that certain Neolithic people embraced and which can be observed moving through, and perhaps with, cultural groups across the Façade.
DescriptionTrabajo presentado en la 26th Virtual Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EEA), celebrada del 24 al 30 de agosto de 2020.
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