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Neolithic crannogs: rethinking settlement, monumentality and deposition in the Outer Hebrides and beyond

Garrow, D. and Sturt, F. (2019) Neolithic crannogs: rethinking settlement, monumentality and deposition in the Outer Hebrides and beyond. Antiquity, 93 (369). pp. 664-684. ISSN 0003-598X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.41

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This paper outlines work on a group of newly-identified Neolithic crannogs in the Outer Hebrides. Methods employed included underwater/aerial photogrammetry, geophysics, diver surveys and terrestrial excavation. Our results demonstrate conclusively, for the first time, that artificial islets were a widespread feature of the Neolithic in this region; they appear to have been special purpose locations which saw significant deposition of material culture into the water. Our findings challenge current conceptualisations of Neolithic settlement, monumentality and depositional practice more widely. They also suggest the possibility that other ‘undated’ crannogs across Scotland and Ireland could potentially have Neolithic origins as well.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:80628
Publisher:Antiquity Publications

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