Defining a Regional Neolithic: Evidence From Britain and by Kenneth Brophy, G. Barclay
By Kenneth Brophy, G. Barclay
This publication is the 9th released number of papers from a Neolithic reports crew day convention, and it maintains the Group's goal of proposing study at the Neolithic of all components of the British Isles. the subject - nearby variety - is a vital subject matter in Neolithic reports this day, and embraces traditions of monumentality, cost styles and fabric tradition. The participants to this quantity deal with problems with regionality via a sequence of case-studies that spotlight no longer at the conventional 'cores' of Wessex and Orkney, yet quite on different parts - the 'Irish Sea Zone', eire, Scotland, Yorkshire and the Midlands. the quantity commences with an advent (Gordon Barclay) that expands at the preliminary impetus and study questions in the back of the 2001 convention this quantity relies on. this can be by way of a extra summary contribution analysing that the majority frequent of instruments for the reveal of 'regional' archaeological facts, the distribution map (Kenneth Brophy). papers persist with that tackle the position fabric tradition performs in either defining and characterising neighborhood tendencies, one addressing the unique regionality of querns within the Neolithic (Fiona Roe), the opposite a wide-ranging research of excessive prestige fabric tradition and monumentality in Yorkshire (Roy Loveday). a sequence of nearby reports follows, with 3 papers focusing explicitly on a number facts from the 'Irish Sea quarter (Vicki Cummings, Tom Clare and Aaron Watson and Richard Bradley). a wide and distinct physique of facts from the East Midlands can also be thought of (Patrick Clay) and the quantity is finished by means of papers contemplating very diverse local scales in eire. At a extra localised point, a chain of islands off the east coast of eire are mentioned in a neighborhood and wider context (Gabriel Cooney) and a nonetheless wider scale process is taken to panorama and routeways throughout eire as a complete (Carleton Jones). those papers don't easily arrange 'rival' detailed areas, yet fairly recommend that neighborhood, nearby and nationwide traditions cross-cut and mix in several methods elsewhere. The interplay among areas is as major as intra-regional area of expertise. This quantity addresses how we'd start to enhance a extra nuanced imaginative and prescient of the Neolithic of the British Isles.
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Papers focus largely on the so-called Irish Sea Zone: Cummings (Chapter 5) focuses on north-west Wales and south-west Scotland; Watson and Bradley, and Clare (Chapters 6–7) on Cumbria; and Cooney on a series of islands off the Irish coast (Chapter 9). Ireland is considered in more detail by Carleton Jones (Chapter 10), while a diversion from the West Coast is provided by Clay (Chapter 8) in a detailed analysis of a large body of Neolithic data from the East Midlands. One of the defining characteristics of the day meeting, and this volume, was that contributors steered clear of the ‘usual suspects’ – Wessex and Orkney.
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Let us consider for a moment some complexes of monuments that have come to light more recently. How would our perceptions of relative importance be affected if the complexes at Dunragit (Thomas 2001, 138–40, 2004) or Hindwell (Gibson 1996) were not of perishable timber, but had survived in stone to the 19th century or beyond? This is the nub – do we start with an assumption that certain areas are ‘primary’ or do we have to test and demonstrate such assumptions? In approaching this issue we have to overcome decades of archaeological discourse, as well as the deeper cultural influences on the writing of history that I have set out elsewhere (Barclay 2001).