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Breaking the SurfaceAn Art/Archaeology of Prehistoric Architecture$
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Doug Bailey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190611873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190611873.001.0001

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Cutting the Ground

Cutting the Ground

Neolithic Etton (3800 cal. B.C.)

(p.197) Chapter 7 Cutting the Ground
Breaking the Surface

Doug Bailey

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a detailed description, discussion, and reinterpretation of the Neolithic causewayed enclosure at Etton in southern Britain. Discussion focuses on the sequences of digging-filling-resurfacing-redigging at the site, and examines the differences between the ditches and the interior filled-pits, as well as the eastern and the western segments of the site, and the distribution of different categories and conditions of artifacts. One result is a rethinking of the existing understanding of the site as connected to structured deposition, ground stone artifacts, and human lives. The proposal is that the reader interprets the site as a textured surface that was cut, resurfaced, and then cut again. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the relevance of this rereading of Etton for our understanding of the pit-houses at Măgura and at similar sites.

Keywords:   Etton (UK), Măgura (Romania), British Neolithic, Structured deposition, Pits, Causewayed enclosures

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