Friday 3rd November 2017
From 19:30 until 20:30
Venue: Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA
Archaeology Unearthed: Sticks and Stones and Broken Bones - the first monuments along northwest Europe Atlantic coastlands
By Prof Tim Darvill
Since the later nineteenth century the genesis of monument-building in northwest Europe, especially the construction of megalithic tombs, has been inextricably linked with the appearance of early farming societies. This presentation challenges such views and instead proposes a model involving the celebration, marking, and monumentalization of persistent places in the landscape from at least the seventh millennium BC. Wood and stone were variously used, perhaps interchangeably, in the construction of early monuments. By the fourth millennium BC a wide range of constructions including dolmens, portal dolmens, round barrows, oval barrows, long barrows, and passage graves had been added to the repertoire of monuments perpetuating the power of persistent places in a range of social contexts and landscape settings that link communities in Britain with those on the adjacent continental mainland.
Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in Bournemouth University. He has published widely on prehistoric Britain and has carried out excavations in England, Wales, the Isle of Man, Germany, and Malta, most notably at Stonehenge in 2008. His research interests include the Neolithic of northwest Europe, and the management of archaeological sites and monuments. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cotswold Archaeology, and was appointed OBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Archaeology.
This event is FREE although a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs.
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