A Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscape in Northamptonshire: Volume 1

BookA Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscape in Northamptonshire: Volume 1

A Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscape in Northamptonshire: Volume 1

The Raunds Area Project

English Heritage

2013

February 15th, 2013

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The Raunds Area Project investigated more than 20 Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in the Nene Valley. From c 5000 BC to the early 1st millennium cal BC a succession of ritual mounds and burial mounds were built as settlement along the valley sides increased and woodland was cleared.

Starting as a regular stopping-place for flint knapping and domestic tasks, first the Long Mound, and then Long Barrow, the north part of the Turf Mound and the Avenue were built in the 5th millennium BC. With the addition of the Long Enclosure, the Causewayed Ring Ditch, and the Southern Enclosure, there was a chain of five or six diverse monuments stretched along the river bank by c 3000 cal BC. Later, a timber platform, the Riverside Structure, was built and the focus of ceremonial activity shifted to the Cotton ‘Henge’, two concentric ditches on the occupied valley side.

From c 2200 cal BC monument building accelerated and included the Segmented Ditch Circle and at least 20 round barrows, almost all containing burials, at first inhumations, then cremations down to c 1000 cal BC, by which time two overlapping systems of paddocks and droveways had been laid out. Finally, the terrace began to be settled when these had gone out of use, in the early 1st millennium cal BC.

a fine example of a totally integrated excavation report, which incorporates all the key results from the large team of specialists involved within a single carefully paced narrative.'
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The Raunds Area Project investigated more than 20 Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in the Nene Valley. From c 5000 BC to the early 1st millennium cal BC a succession of ritual mounds and burial mounds were built as settlement along the valley sides increased and woodland was cleared. Starting as a regular stopping-place for flint knapping and domestic tasks, first the Long Mound, and then Long Barrow, the north part of the Turf Mound and the Avenue were built in the 5th millennium BC. With the addition of the Long Enclosure, the Causewayed Ring Ditch, and the Southern Enclosure, there was a chain of five or six diverse monuments stretched along the river bank by c 3000 cal BC. Later, a timber platform, the Riverside Structure, was built and the focus of ceremonial activity shifted to the Cotton ‘Henge’, two concentric ditches on the occupied valley side. From c 2200 cal BC monument building accelerated and included the Segmented Ditch Circle and at least 20 round barrows, almost all containing burials, at first inhumations, then cremations down to c 1000 cal BC, by which time two overlapping systems of paddocks and droveways had been laid out. Finally, the terrace began to be settled when these had gone out of use, in the early 1st millennium cal BC.

'a fine example of a totally integrated excavation report, which incorporates all the key results from the large team of specialists involved within a single carefully paced narrative.'
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Front cover1
Prelims2
Half title2
Frontispiece3
Title page4
Contents5
Illustrations7
Tables9
List of contributors10
Preface12
Acknowledgements13
Summary15
Résumé16
Zusammernfassung17
A note on radiocarbon dates18
Chapter 1 - Introduction19
Chapter 2 - Environment and land use in the valley bottom36
Chapter 3 - The development of the monuments55
Chapter 4 - Ceremonial practice and mortuary ritual214
Chapter 5 - Raunds in the region279
Endmatter302
References302
Index333
Imprint340