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Scottish beaker dates: the good, the bad and the ugly



A volume representing collaborative research between the Swedish universities of Kalmar and Stockholm and the University of Sheffield in the UK. The themes centred on the investigation of cultural diversity in the 3rd millennium BC in the British Isles and Scandinavia, not so much to divine any prehistoric cultural links between the two in that period but to compare and contrast empirical evidence and theoretical approaches. The papers presented in this work cover aspects under the headings of ‘The Middle Neolithic in Sweden’, ‘The Beaker People Project’, and ‘The Stonehenge Riverside Project’. Contents: Preface (Mike Parker Pearson and Mats Larsson) Part 1 - Material culture diversity in the Baltic: 1) Walking on the wild side: on cultural diversity and the Pitted Ware Culture along the Swedish east coast during the Middle Neolithic (Kerstin Lidén and Gunilla Eriksson); 2) Regional development or external influences? The Battle Axe period in south-western Scandinavia (Lars Larsson); 3) The guardians and protectors of mind: ritual structures in the Middle Neolithic of southern Sweden (Mats Larsson); 4) Shaping an identity: potters and pottery of the Pitted Ware Culture (Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay); 5) Why use different raw materials? Raw material use during the Late Mesolithic to Middle Neolithic along the coast of Kalmarsund (Kenneth Alexandersson). Part 2 – British Beaker burials and the Beaker People Project: 6) Isotopic aliens: Beaker movement and cultural transmissions (Stuart Needham); 7) A Beaker veneer? Some evidence from the burial record (Alex Gibson); 8) Foragers, farmers or foreigners? An assessment of dietary strontium isotope variation in Middle Neolithic and Early Bronze Age East Yorkshire (Janet Montgomery, Rachel Cooper and Jane Evans); 9) The Beaker People Project: progress and prospects for the carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotopic analysis of collagen (Mandy Jay and Michael Richards); 10) Microwear studies of diet in Early Bronze Age burials from Scotland (Patrick Mahoney); 11) Scottish Beaker dates: the good, the bad and the ugly (Alison Sheridan). Part 3 – Stonehenge and the Stonehenge Riverside Project: 12) The Stonehenge Riverside Project: excavations at the east entrance of Durrington Walls (Mike Parker Pearson); 13) The internal features at Durrington Walls: investigations in the Southern Circle and Western Enclosures 2005-2006 (Julian Thomas); 140 A return to Woodhenge: the results and implications of the 2006 excavations (Joshua Pollard and David Robinson); 15) Units of measurement in Late Neolithic southern Britain (Andrew Chamberlain and Mike Parker Pearson); 16) Stonehenge - Olenok, Siberia: universals or different phenomena? Ethnoarchaeological observations of a midsummer rite (Ole Grøn and Maria Magdalena Kosko); 17) Stonehenge – its landscape and architecture: a re-analysis (Christopher Tilley, Colin Richards, Wayne Bennett and David Field); 18) Neolithic phallacies: a discussion of some southern British artefacts (Anne Teather). Part 4 – Research on other Neolithic World Heritage Sites in Britain and Ireland: 19) The lithic landscape of the Newgrange environs: an introduction (Conor Brady); 20) ‘The Heart of Neolithic Orkney’ World Heritage Site: building a landscape (Nick Card, Jonathan Cluett, Jane Downes, John Gater and Susan Ovenden).


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