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The chalk drums from Folkton and Lavant: Measuring devices from the time of Stonehenge

Teather, A; Chamberlain, A; Parker Pearson, M; (2019) The chalk drums from Folkton and Lavant: Measuring devices from the time of Stonehenge. British Journal for the History of Mathematics , 34 (1) pp. 1-11. 10.1080/17498430.2018.1555927. Green open access

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Abstract

Investigating knowledge of mathematics and the use of standard units of measurement in prehistoric societies is a difficult task. For the British Neolithic period (4000–2500 bc), attempts to refine our understanding of mathematical knowledge for this period have been largely unsuccessful until now. Following recent research, we propose that there is a direct link between the design of the monument of Stonehenge and the chalk artefacts known as the Folkton and Lavant Drums, in which the Drums represent measurement standards that were essential for accurate and reproducible monument construction. This has important implications for future analyses of artefacts and monuments for this period.

Type: Article
Title: The chalk drums from Folkton and Lavant: Measuring devices from the time of Stonehenge
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17498430.2018.1555927
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17498430.2018.1555927
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092162
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