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Stonehenge and its Environs


The Stonehenge Riverside Project

Saturday 9th December 2006

A lecture re-assessing the local and regional associations of Stonehenge, by Prof. Mike Parker Pearson, Professor of Archaeology at Sheffield University.

This is a fundraising lecture in aid of the Wiltshire Heritage Museum.

The Stonehenge Riverside Project is exploring and re-interpreting the archaeological evidence of the landscape around Stonehenge, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls. As a result of these investigations new theories regarding the purpose of Stonehenge have been put forward. One of these suggests that Stonehenge was linked via avenues and the River Avon to Durrington Walls, a Neolithic monument with timber circles, as part of a funerary and processional route. Stonehenge may, therefore, have been built not for the living but to commemorate the ancestors, their permanence being materialised in stone.

Prof Parker-Pearson is Professor of Archaeology at Sheffield University and as one of the team-leaders of the project is closely involved with the excavations that have taken place at Durrington Walls over the past few summers. He is an internationally renowned expert in the archaeology of death and also specialises in the later prehistory of Britain and northern Europe. He has published more than 10 books and over 100 academic papers on a variety of topics.

This lecture will be held at Devizes Town Hall.

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moss Posted by moss
5th October 2006ce
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