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2018 Week 5 Course 2

The Enigma of Stone Henge


Scott McCracken


Week 5

29 July - 4 August 2018

Stonehenge is known worldwide but most people have no real understanding of this complex site. There have been many theories put forward to explain its place within the prehistoric landscape and we will examine these in the light of current excavations and research. The site begins in the Late Neolithic period (c 3000BC) but following the initial construction Stonehenge was continually modified throughout the early Bronze Age with the last phase dated to c 1600BC. In order to interpret Stonehenge we will examine the Neolithic and early Bronze Age society of Southern Britain by investigating their settlements, religious practices, material culture and burial patterns to discover why this unique site developed over a time span of some 1400 years.





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