Dorstone Hill: a Neolithic timescape

Julian Thomas, Nicholas Overton, Elizabeth Healey, Julie Birchenall, Irene Garcia Rovira, Keith Ray, Tim Hoverd, Griffiths Seren, Charlie French, Michael J. Allen, Dana Challinor

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Abstract

Studies of early fourth-millennium BC Britain have typically focused on the Early Neolithic sites of Wessex and Orkney; what can the investigation of sites located in areas beyond these core regions add? The authors report on excavations (2011–2019) at Dorstone Hill in Herefordshire, which have revealed a remarkable complex of Early Neolithic monuments: three long barrows constructed on the footprints of three timber buildings that had been deliberately burned, plus a nearby causewayed enclosure. A Bayesian chronological model demonstrates the precocious character of many of the site's elements and strengthens the evidence for the role of tombs and houses/halls in the creation and commemoration of foundational social groups in Neolithic Britain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-886
Number of pages18
JournalAntiquity
Volume97
Issue number394
Early online date26 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023

Keywords

  • Neolithic Europe
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Monumentality
  • long mounds
  • causewayed enclosure
  • Britain
  • social organisation
  • Bayesian modelling
  • Neolithic

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