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Round barrows and dykes as landscape metaphors

Tilley, C; (2004) Round barrows and dykes as landscape metaphors. Cambridge Archaeological Journal , 14 (2) pp. 185-203. 10.1017/S0959774304000125. Green open access


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This article outlines the results of phenomenological research on the significance of landscape features, in particular ridges and coombe (dry valley) systems, in relation to the locations of Bronze Age round barrows and late Bronze Age/early Iron Age crossridge and spur dykes constructed along a chalk ridge in central southern England. It considers the locations of these monuments in a holistic manner and argues that together the round barrows, and then subsequently the dykes, network or draw together very different aspects of the topography in narratives about life and death. The round barrows differentially reference the significance of these places metaphorically through a combination of their specific locations. By contrast, the monumental courses of the dykes physically impose themselves on, or objectify the significance of, the same landscape features, but in a radically different manner indicating both continuity and difference in the historical significance of place. © 2004 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Type: Article
Title: Round barrows and dykes as landscape metaphors
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0959774304000125
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/12876
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