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Making a Significant Place: Excavations at the Late Mesolithic Site of Langley’s Lane, Midsomer Norton, Bath and North-East Somerset

Lewis, Jodie ORCID:, Rosen, Caroline, Booth, Rona, Davies, P., Allen, M. and Law, M. (2019) Making a Significant Place: Excavations at the Late Mesolithic Site of Langley’s Lane, Midsomer Norton, Bath and North-East Somerset. Archaeological Journal, 176 (1). pp. 1-50. ISSN Print: 0066-5983 Online: 2373-2288

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Excavations at the site of Langley’s Lane, Bath and North-East Somerset, have revealed an important sequence of Late Mesolithic activity focused around an active tufa spring. The sequence of activity starts off as an aurochs kill and primary butchery site. Culturally appropriate depositional practices occur through the placement of a selection of bone in the wetland of the spring and the digging of pits around the spring margins. The spring at Langley’s Lane continued to be visited and more animal bone and lithic material was placed in the wetland. Finally, visits to the site involved yet more formalized activity in the form of pit digging and the creation of a stone surface. Activities such as these are difficult to locate in the archaeological record and Mesolithic ritual activity rare, making this a site of some significance to studies of Mesolithic NW Europe.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: excavations, Late Mesolithic activities, tufa springs, Langley’s Lane, Midsomer Norton, Bath, North-East Somerset
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Jodie Lewis
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 16:09
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 15:10

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