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The materialization of religious structures in the time of Stonehenge

By Joshua Pollard


Both ritual and religion share a common ontology, in that they are materialized through practice—they are technologies of the body and material world as much as of the mind and immaterial. Acknowledging such offers considerable prospect for archaeology, inasmuch as it implies that the generation, reproduction, and transformation of religion will be worked through and given dimension by material forms that are recoverable. The latter might include the construction of shrines, temples, and other architectural foci for veneration and spirit communication, attendant practices of deposition, and ceremony itself as embodied within architectural forms. Working through details of architectural form, cosmology, materiality, and the sequence of monument construction in the Stonehenge region of Wiltshire, this paper provides an interpretation of the history of religious practice during the later Neolithic (c.3000-2300 bc) of central southern England. <br/

Topics: BL, CB, D051
Year: 2009
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