Cursus monuments

Cursus Monuments

Blogs/web sites

Alder Archaeology Ltd (2010)

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (2009) Potential Cursus Monuments in Mid and North-east Wales Survey and Excavation 2008-09 (access online: httpp://

McOmish, D. (2003) Cursus: solving a 6,000-year-old puzzle. British Archaeology, March issue. (access online: (searchable database) (searchable database)

Stonehenge Riverside Project – 2007 excavations of the Greater Stonehenge Cursus:


Barclay, A and J. Harding (Eds.) (1999) Pathways and Ceremonies: the Cursus Monuments of Neolithic Britain and Ireland, Oxford: Oxbow.

Barclay, A., Lambrick, G., Moore, J. and Robinson, M. (2003) Lines in the Landscape: Cursus Monuments in the Upper Thames Valley.  Oxford: Oxford Archaeological Unit.

Brophy, K. (2012) Reading Between the Lines: the Neolithic Cursus Monuments of Scotland. Amberley, Stroud. (In Press)

Green, M. (2000) A Landscape Revealed: 10,000 Years on a Chalkland Farm.  Stroud: Tempus.

Loveday, R. (2006) Inscribed Across the Landscape: The Cursus Enigma.  Stroud: Tempus.

Tilley, C.Y. (1994) A Phenomenology of Landscape.   London:  Berg.

Thomas, J.S. (2007) Place and Memory: Excavations at Pict’s Knowe, Holywood and Holm.   Oxford:  Oxbow.


Barclay, G.J. and Maxwell, G.J. (1995) The Cleaven Dyke: a Neolithic cursus monument/bank barrow in Tayside region, Scotland.  Antiquity 69, 317-26.

Bradley, R. & R. Chambers (1988) A new study of the cursus complex at Dorchester on Thames.  Oxford Journal of Archaeology 7, 271-89.

Brophy, K. (2000) Water coincidence?  Cursus monuments and rivers. In: A. Ritchie (ed.) Neolithic Orkney in its European Complex, pp59-70.  Cambridge:  McDonald Insitute.

Chapman, H. (2003) Rudston ‘Cursus A’– Engaging with a Neolithic Monument in Its Landscape Setting Using GIS. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 22 (4) 345-356.

Kendrik, J. (1995) Excavation of a Neolithic enclosure and an Iron Age settlement at Douglasmuir, Angus.  Proceeding of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 125, 29-67.

Millican, K. (2012) Timber monuments, landscape and the environment in the Nith Valley, Dumfries and Galloway.  Oxford Journal of Archaeology, (31.1)

Thomas. J.S. (2006) On the origins and development of cursus monuments in Britain.  Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 72, 229-41.

Thomas, J.S., Marshall, P., Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Tilley, C. and Welham, K. (2009) The date of the Greater Stonehenge Cursus.  Antiquity 82, 40-53.

Whittle, A., Atkinson, R., Chambers, R. and Thomas, N. (1992) Excavations in the Neolithic and Bronze Age complex at Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.   Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society58, 143-202.

Excavation of the Holywood North cursus in 1997 (used by permission of Prof Julian Thomas)

One Response to Cursus monuments

  1. Francis Rayner says:

    I believe the most obvious explanation for these structures is defensive territorial boundaries. Long barrows were used as territorial markers, this is why they coincide .

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