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By Mark Edmonds

Archaeological facts means that Neolithic websites had many various, often contradictory features, and there could have been different makes use of for which no facts survives. How can archaeologists current a good interpetation, with the awareness that either their very own subjectivity, and the diversity of conflicting perspectives will ensure their approach.
simply because those websites became a spotlight for therefore a lot controversy, the matter of proposing them to the general public assumes a severe significance. The authors don't search to supply a accomplished evaluation of the archaeology of these kinds of causewayed websites in Britain; particularly they use them as case experiences within the improvement of an archaeological interpetation.

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Trackways across the Levels reflect an investment of time and knowledge in the cutting, cultivation and working of timber, and in the creation of paths between places. Features like the Sweet Track in Somerset, which linked two areas of drier ground, provide a good case in point. The evidence of tree rings suggests an unusually precise date of around 3806 BC for the construction of this trackway and at least ten wood species are represented. Ash, hazel and oak predominate and it is likely that these resources were drawn from more than one woodland stand.

This is not altogether surprising. We often assume that the onset of food production necessarily went hand in hand with wholesale clearance and this may be part of the reason why trees are so 22 Ancestral geographies Figure 6 Coppiced woodland. Ancestral geographies of the Neolithic 23 often consigned to the background. Where mentioned at all, they tend to be the victims of an inexorable and inevitable process of deforestation. This caricature does little justice to our evidence. In reality, woodlands were a commonplace in many areas.

Others were the preserve of only Ancestral geographies of the Neolithic 37 certain people —women rather than men; close kin rather than strangers; adults rather than children. Like the sharing of food, activities brought different people together and stressed different aspects of their identities at certain places and times. Visits to particular settings also meant approaching sites of ancestral importance and this lent a gravity and, perhaps, a timeless quality to the tasks that were performed and the relations they involved.

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