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...An Assemblage of Ponderous Stones: Recent Archaeological Fieldwork at Stanton Drew Stone Circles

Lewis, Jodie and Mullin, David (2012) ...An Assemblage of Ponderous Stones: Recent Archaeological Fieldwork at Stanton Drew Stone Circles. The Archaeological Journal, 169. pp. 87-126.

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Despite containing one of the largest stone and timber circles in Britain, the Late Neolithic monument complex at Stanton Drew, Somerset, has seen surprisingly little archaeological work. This paper presents the results of new fieldwork, which included excavation around a recently discovered recumbent stone, test-pitting on the floodplain of the River Chew and fieldwalking close to the monuments. The excavations revealed that the recumbent stone had been deliberately buried in the medieval period and also uncovered other archaeology of this date. The test-pitting exposed thick deposits of alluvium and from this it is argued that the landscape has changed dramatically since the monuments were constructed. The fieldwalking revealed a relatively low density of lithics which may indicate that activities around the monuments were carefully controlled. Also considered is the siting of the Stanton Drew monuments and their intimate relationship with the River Chew.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: archaeological fieldwork, Stanton Drew, stone circles
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
Depositing User: Jodie Lewis
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2013 15:19
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2013 15:19

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