Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe by Richard Bradley

By Richard Bradley

This interesting research explores how our prehistoric ancestors built rituals from daily life and household actions. Richard Bradley contends that for far of the prehistoric interval, ritual was once now not a different sphere of job. quite it was once the best way assorted positive factors of the family international have been performed out till they took on traits of theatrical functionality.

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They should contain what she calls ‘votive objects’, and domestic artefacts should not occur. Similarly, the buildings associated with sacred places should be quite different from those found on occupation sites. In her study she also identified Iron Age shrines through their similarity to Classical architecture. She concluded that: There are no reliable explicit criteria for the identification of Celtic sacred structures where they are not accompanied by votive objects and are not situated at sites with continuous ritual activity.

In some cases the plough marks may be confined to the area occupied by the mound simply because they would not have survived beyond its limits (Thrane 1989; Kristiansen 1990). At others, the plough marks surrounded the original mound or cairn and were clearly a secondary feature, although they remained intact because they were covered by later extensions to these monuments. In any case there was little doubt that barrows had been built within the settled landscape as there were other examples in Northern Europe which overlay boundary fences or the remains of older houses (Theunisson 1999).

This is surely an analogous position to the one that he is questioning, for by placing barrows or groups of barrows over recently cultivated ground people were voluntarily giving up areas of arable land. Rather than assuming that the relationship between barrow building and cultivated areas was fortuitous, we might consider why it happened at all. This is especially important if Rowley-Conwy (1987) is right in suggesting that the plough furrows would only have survived intact for a short period after they were made.

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