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Re-fitting Etton: space, time and material culture within a causewayed enclosure in Cambridgeshire

Beadsmore, E., Garrow, D. and Knight, M. (2010) Re-fitting Etton: space, time and material culture within a causewayed enclosure in Cambridgeshire. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 76. pp. 115-134. ISSN 0079-797X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/S0079497X00000475

Abstract/Summary

This paper considers the dynamics of deposition around and across the causewayed enclosure at Etton, Cambridgeshire. As a result of detailed re-analysis (particularly refitting) of the pottery and flint assemblages from the site, it proved possible to shed new light both on the temporality of occupation and the character of deposition there. Certain aspects of our work challenge previous interpretations of the site, and of causewayed enclosures in general; but, just as importantly, others confirm materially what has previously been suggested. The quantities of material deposited at Etton reveal that the enclosure was occupied only very intermittently and certainly less regularly than other contemporary sites in the region. The spatial distribution of material suggests that the enclosure ditch lay open for the entirety of the monument's life, but that acts of deposition generally focused on a specific part of the monument at any one time. As well as enhancing our knowledge of one particular causewayed enclosure, it is hoped that this paper – in combination with our earlier analysis of the pit site at Kilverstone – makes clear the potential that detailed material analysis has to offer in relation to our understanding of the temporality of occupation on prehistoric sites in general.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
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Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Social Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:38286
Publisher:Prehistoric Society

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