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Feeding Stonehenge: cuisine and consumption at the Late Neolithic site of Durrington Walls

Craig, OE; Shillito, L-M; Albarella, U; Viner-Daniels, S; Chan, B; Cleal, R; Ixer, R; ... Pearson, MP; + view all (2015) Feeding Stonehenge: cuisine and consumption at the Late Neolithic site of Durrington Walls. Antiquity , 89 (347) pp. 1096-1109. 10.15184/aqy.2015.110. Green open access

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Abstract

The discovery of Neolithic houses at Durrington Walls that are contemporary with the main construction phase of Stonehenge raised questions as to their interrelationship. Was Durrington Walls the residence of the builders of Stonehenge? Were the activities there more significant than simply domestic subsistence? Using lipid residue analysis, this paper identifies the preferential use of certain pottery types for the preparation of particular food groups and differential consumption of dairy and meat products between monumental and domestic areas of the site. Supported by the analysis of faunal remains, the results suggest seasonal feasting and perhaps organised culinary unification of a diverse community.

Type: Article
Title: Feeding Stonehenge: cuisine and consumption at the Late Neolithic site of Durrington Walls
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.110
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.110
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2015
Keywords: UK, Stonehenge, Neolithic, feasting, isotopic lipid residue analysis, public and private consumption
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473800
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