The Megaliths Of Northern Europe

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-08-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Author Biography

Magdalena S. Midgley is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Cultural and ceremonial background to the north European megalithsp. 1
The TRB culturep. 1
Before the stonesp. 11
Megaliths in thought and spacep. 23
Preliminary theoretical considerationsp. 23
Distribution and location of megaliths in the landscapep. 28
To build a megalithp. 43
General considerationsp. 43
The dolmensp. 56
Passage gravesp. 73
Principles of chamber constructionp. 82
Conclusionsp. 107
Body and soulp. 108
Burial within megaliths - general considerationsp. 108
Grave goods in dolmens and passage gravesp. 134
Dressing and adorning the deadp. 143
Interpretation of burialsp. 145
Votive deposits in front of megalithic tombsp. 148
Architects of stone and symbolsp. 155
Symbolic use of raw materialsp. 155
Concepts of duality in the megalithsp. 161
Megaliths and the wider north European ceremonial landscapep. 167
The wider European megalithic contextp. 178
Megaliths in north-western Europep. 178
Conclusionsp. 193
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 218
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