There’s an interesting new post on the Cutting Edge Chronicles – the subject is Jadeite axes and some of the examples from the Hunterian Collection in Glasgow. It seems that they were overlooked in a recent study. If you are interested get along to the blog here: (http://cuttingedgechronicles.wordpress.com)
Members of Archeox, the East Oxford Archaeology and History Project have been unearthing what they think may well be a Neolithic settlement site in Oxford. The group has been working for a couple of years and is largely made up of volunteers. Co-leader of the project is Dr Olaf Bayer is excited by the finds and optimistic that is yet more to be revealed by the project.
More can be found on the story and the group here:
There’s an interesting paper recently published on the arrival of agriculture in Ireland.
Among the main findings are that there seemed to be a rapid uptake of agriculture which is associated with ‘house horizon’ dated to 3720-3620 cal BC. It is also reported that this early activity is followed sometime later by major changes in the landscape and in the archaeology.
Details of the paper and main findings can be found here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440313002987
A quick heads-up as they say for an up-coming conference. Titled ‘The Archaeology of Gatherings’ the conference aims to explore both the material culture and psychology of a variety of different types of gatherings, from prehistory to the present-day.
Whilst not all the papers are Neolithic related, there are many aspects covered by the speakers which will prove interesting!
Among the speakers are Dr Stefan Bergh, Dept of Archaeology, NUI, Galway, Mike Parker Pearson of UCL, Dr Dominic Bryan, Institute of Irish Studies, Prof. Clark McPhail University of Illinois and Dr Una MacConville of the University of Bath.
Further details can be found here: http://www.archaeologyofgatherings.com/p/conference-abstract.html
If you are deeply interested in Neolithic Orkney or just wonder what all the fuss is about there is now an on-line lecture by Nick Card, Director of The Ness of Brodgar Project made available by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Follow the story here: http://www.socantscot.org/article.asp?aid=2212#.UkrNDSFkGv0.twitter
There has been an interesting find in Pethshire – what is thought to be a quernstone which may well date to the Neolithic. More details here: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/perth-kinross/neolithic-stone-puts-spotlight-on-perthshire-glen-s-ancient-history-1.134366
A project followed by us here at neolithicbritain.org – Neolithic Stepping Stones – is currently undertaking fieldwork in the Isles of Scilly and has made the local newspaper. We can only apologise for the reference to neolithic man, neolithic woman seems to have gone missing . . . .
As autumn approaches that can only mean one thing in the minds of those interested in Neolithic Britain. It is of course time for the autumn meeting of the Neolithic Studies Group!
This year the theme is “The last great monuments: ceremonial complexes of the 3rd millennium BC” and it takes place on Monday 4th November 2013. As ever the event takes place at The Stevenson Lecture Theatre (lowest level of the Great Court), the British Museum, London.
The provisional timetable for the day is shown here, and it looks to be a very interesting day – not to be missed if you have any interest in the complex social issues surrounding the use of the monuments in the Neolithic.
10.00 Coffee (available for purchase at outlets in the Great Court)
10.30 Welcome / introduction Timothy Darvill
10.40 Renfrew’s monuments and mobilisation 40 years on (title tbc) Josh Pollard
11.00 Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: Understanding the ceremonial complexes of the 3rd millennium BC in Ireland Neil Carlin
11.20 Irish Late Neolithic enclosures – rounding up the data Steve Davis & Jessica Smyth
11.40 A magical mystery tour: reconsidering the stones of Callanish, Isle of Lewis Angela Gannon & Alison Sheridan
12.00 Supermassive twins: the palisaded enclosures of Strathearn Kenny Brophy, Gordon Noble & Dene Wright
12.20 Evolution of house societies in Orkney: monuments and mythopraxis Colin Richards
12.40 Dunragit (title tbc) Julian Thomas
14.00 Recent work in Wharfedale Alex Gibson & Miles Johnson
14.20 Neolithic ritual in the Baldock Bowl: An unusual formative henge at Norton and its neighbours Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews
14.40 Knowlton complex (title tbc) Jim Gale
15.30 The rise and fall of monumentalism in 3rd millennium BC Wessex Dave Field, Jim Leary & Pete Marshall
15.50 Tracing chalk artefact connections in prehistoric Britain Anne Teather
16.10 Ancestral geographies: the view from Durrington Walls and Stonehenge Mike Parker Pearson
——————————————————————————————To book a place on November 4th please send your contact details and a cheque for £10 by 31st October (made payable to the Neolithic Studies Group) to Tim Darvill, School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB
The Dept of Archaeology at University of Durham is leading a project which is exploring the emergence of self-awareness and religion. Headed by Prof. Chris Scarre the project will be examining archaeological data from across two regions (Britain and the Levant). The British aspect of the project will centre on the Neolithic.
The research will examine temporal, social and economic contexts of changing relationships between human socio-religious beliefs and concepts of the body and the afterlife and a fundamental question thet will be addressing is do burials represented in the archaeological record of Britain and the Levant constitute the ‘mainstream’ or are they the result of highly specific selection processes?
You can visit the project website here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/?mode=project&id=624
and keep up with the blog here: http://invisibledead.wordpress.com/category/general/
Its not every day that you walk the dog and come a cross a skull, let alone a very old one – this one was dated to the Neolithic!
For the full story go here: http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/10642863._/