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    Animal architecture: an integrated approach to the built environment of the Early Neolithic in Yorkshire

    Shepherd, Edward James (2023) Animal architecture: an integrated approach to the built environment of the Early Neolithic in Yorkshire. PhD thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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    The modern county of Yorkshire represents a ‘forgotten landscape’ in contemporary Neolithic studies; this is in part due to a relatively poor publication record (over the last sixty years) and limited descriptions from the estimated 1500 barrows dug by antiquarians during the nineteenth century. Although in recent years archaeological projects with the aim to construct chronological models for the region have begun to shine a light (Gibson et al 2009, Gibson and Bayliss 2010, Griffiths 2011), our understandings of Early Neolithic animals and their relationships with people and architecture (including long barrows, round barrows, pits and settlement scatters), remain still in the dark. Also by bringing animals to the fore it questions the nature of architectural types themselves. In this thesis new research concerning the nature of human-animal relationships across different types of architectural settings is presented. At its foundations I apply an evidence, contextual-based understanding of the archaeological record. I achieve this through detailed re-examinations of both the material and paper archives (antiquarian records, correspondences, photography, grey literature, field diaries, context sheets etc), building on successful methodologies employed elsewhere (Thomas and McFadyen 2010, Parmenter et al 2015, Banfield et al 2019, Shepherd 2021). Multiple faunal assemblages are analysed, including the Calais Wold 275 round barrow; the Rudston 62 settlement scatter; Corner Field, Site 11 pit; and the Willerby Wold, Raisthorpe and Kilham long barrow sites. With this new reading and understanding of the archaeological evidence and its formation, I explore the process of multidirectional histories, overlapping spaces and ephemeral assemblages connecting animals(including archaeological wildlife), landscape and the built environment of the Early Neolithic in Yorkshire.


    Item Type: Thesis
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    Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2023 14:01
    Last Modified: 01 Nov 2023 16:15


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