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The dead of Stonehenge

Willis, C; Marshall, P; McKinley, J; Pitts, M; Pollard, J; Richards, C; Richards, J; ... Parker Pearson, MG; + view all (2016) The dead of Stonehenge. Antiquity , 90 (350) pp. 337-356. 10.15184/aqy.2016.26. Green open access

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Abstract

The assemblage of Neolithic cremated human remains from Stonehenge is the largest in Britain, and demonstrates that the monument was closely associated with the dead. New radiocarbon dates and Bayesian analysis indicate that cremated remains were deposited over a period of around five centuries from c. 3000–2500 BC. Earlier cremations were placed within or beside the Aubrey Holes that had held small bluestone standing stones during the first phase of the monument; later cremations were placed in the peripheral ditch, perhaps signifying the transition from a link between specific dead individuals and particular stones, to a more diffuse collectivity of increasingly long-dead ancestors.

Type: Article
Title: The dead of Stonehenge
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2016.26
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2016.26
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2016
Keywords: Stonehenge; Late Neolithic–Early Bronze Age; cremation; Bayesian dating
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 > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474049
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