Monuments of the British Neolithic: the roots of architecture
The Neolithic or 'New Stone Age' is sometimes viewed as if it were some great spiritual period: a time of mysticism and astrology; a time when humans were more in tune with nature and the heavens; a time when humans understood, and were a part of, the natural order of things. It was not.
The Neolithic was the most fundamental period of change ever to occur within the history of human reliance upon hunting and gathering, and the origins of farming. It is characterised by the first major pieces of land clearance and the creation of territories, fixed settlements and monumental buildings. It was a revolution in every sense of the word.
By reassessing the monuments of the Neolithic - the enclosure, long mound, shaft, cursus, henge and stone circle - Miles Russell comes to some startling new conclusions about the origins of the modern world.
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