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Ceremonial Living in the Third Millennium BC

Excavations at Ringlemere Site M1, Kent, 2002-2006


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Ceremonial Living in the Third Millennium BC by Keith Parfitt

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The discovery in 2001 of an exquisite Early Bronze Age gold cup at Ringlemere Farm in Kent prompted an extensive survey and excavation of the site from 2002-2006. Excavation revealed a site with a long history of use, the most striking evidence being for intensive activity in the third millennium BC associated with a henge monument, the interior of which was later buried beneath an Early Bronze Age mound. This volume presents a detailed report on a rich array of structural and artefactual evidence spanning a few thousand years of prehistory, and the site's subsequent slide into agricultural anonymity. Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age structures include a horseshoe setting, post alignments, hearths, pit clusters and varied small post settings. Evaluation of form and associated material culture steers interpretation away from the purely domestic and contributes to the keen ongoing debate about the place of ceremony in the world of third millennium Britain.

Author Biography

Keith Parfitt is a field archaeologist working in Kent for more than forty years. He is a senior manager with the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and also directs the Dover Archaeological Group, an active local society. He has previously collaborated with the British Museum on other Kent discoveries, including the Iron Age warrior from Mill Hill, Deal and Buckland Anglo-Saxon cemetery. He first met Stuart Needham as a student at University College, Cardiff in the mid-1970s. Stuart Needham is an independent researcher specializing in the Bronze Age. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and the University of Winchester, a Visiting Academic at the British Museum and was formerly Curator of the European Bronze Age at the British Museum.
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January 31st, 2019
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