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Prehistoric MaterialitiesBecoming Material in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland$
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Andrew Meirion Jones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199556427.001.0001

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Prehistoric Materialities

Andrew Meirion Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines repetition and performance in relation to prehistoric pottery manufacture in two regions of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Scotland. It considers two case studies. The first looks at potting traditions in three settlements in a restricted region of Neolithic Orkney. It discusses how the repetition of practices also performed rupture and change. The second case study examines potting traditions associated with the mortuary rituals of Early Bronze Age northeast Scotland. It discusses how the repetition of practices performed a recognizable continuity or tradition. The two case studies highlight the significance of improvisation and performance, the point that repetitive performances are improvisatory in nature; they are creative and excessive in character, with the potential for producing both change and regularity.

Keywords:   repetition, performance, pottery manufacture, Neolithic Orkney, Beaker burials, Early Bronze Age, mortuary rituals, improvisation

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