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The Significance of Monuments: On the Shaping of Human Experience in Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe

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The Neolithic period, when agriculture began and many monuments - including Stonehenge - were constructed, is an era fraught with paradoxes and ambiguities. Starting in the Mesolithic and carrying his analysis through to the Late Bronze Age, Richard Bradley sheds light on this complex period and the changing consciousness of these prehistoric peoples.
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 20th 1998 by Routledge (first published February 26th 1998)
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Lee Broderick
Mar 24, 2014 Lee Broderick rated it really liked it
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Richard Bradley writes engagingly in this book as he argues for a rethinking of the British Neolithic and Bronze Age which places monuments as central not just to cosmology but to material culture. Linking monuments explicitly with subsistence systems and an economic worldview, as well as acknowledging the symbolism of circles, he argues persuasively but not entirely without conjecture.

Although principally concerned with British prehistory, the book does provide some interpretations of wider sig
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Jul 27, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
Thought- provoking. I got to the end and then started all over again so I actually read it twice. Richard Bradley raises some interesting ideas about the hows and whys of the changes that took place in and between the Mesolithic, the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.
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