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Stonehenge: A Landscape Through Time


David Jacques and Graeme Davis

The concept for this book materialised as a result of some brilliant research by University of Buckingham MA Archaeology students in 2014-15. Each examined a feature of the Stonehenge landscape from a different space and time perspective and produced work which contained a key focus on a neglected aspect of the multiple history of the area. Their dissertations have been edited into chapters and the broad scope of the collection covers people using, building and reshaping this landscape from the end of the Ice Age to the end of the Romano-British period. In doing so new detail about the richness and variety of ways generations of ordinary people understood the place is revealed.

The discovery of the internationally important Mesolithic site at Blick Mead by the University of Buckingham team, with specialist support from Durham and Reading Universities, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project and the Natural History Museum, provides a rich data set for students interested in the Mesolithic in general and the establishment of the Stonehenge landscape in particular.

CONTENTS: Gemma Allerton: Romano-British reactions to the Stonehenge prehistoric landscape: A re-evaluation of settlement patterns and uses of that landscape - Nicholas Jones: Environmental implications of Neolithic houses - Pauline Wilson: Towards a methodological framework for identifying the presence of and analysing the child in the archaeological record, using the case of Mesolithic children in post-glacial northern Europe - Christine Smith: The effectiveness of an enhanced grid extraction system within the context of the Blick Mead spring excavations - Keith Bradbury: An evaluation of the relationship between the distribution of tranchet axes and certain Mesolithic site types along the Salisbury Avon - David Saunders: An assessment of the evidence for large herbivore movement and hunting strategies within the Stonehenge landscape during the Mesolithic - Joshua C. White: Vespasian’s Camp, Wiltshire: New insights into an Iron Age community in the Stonehenge landscape.