By Kenneth Brophy, G. Barclay
This e-book is the 9th released choice of papers from a Neolithic reviews workforce day convention, and it maintains the Group's goal of providing examine at the Neolithic of all elements of the British Isles. the subject - local range - is a crucial topic in Neolithic reports this present day, and embraces traditions of monumentality, cost styles and fabric tradition. The individuals to this quantity deal with problems with regionality via a chain of case-studies that spotlight now not at the conventional 'cores' of Wessex and Orkney, yet relatively on different parts - the 'Irish Sea Zone', eire, Scotland, Yorkshire and the Midlands. the amount commences with an advent (Gordon Barclay) that expands at the preliminary impetus and learn questions at the back of the 2001 convention this quantity is predicated on. this can be through a extra summary contribution analysing that the majority commonplace of instruments for the reveal of 'regional' archaeological information, the distribution map (Kenneth Brophy). papers keep on with that deal with the function fabric tradition performs in either defining and characterising neighborhood developments, one addressing the special regionality of querns within the Neolithic (Fiona Roe), the opposite a wide-ranging research of excessive prestige fabric tradition and monumentality in Yorkshire (Roy Loveday). a chain of neighborhood reports follows, with 3 papers focusing explicitly on quite a number facts from the 'Irish Sea area (Vicki Cummings, Tom Clare and Aaron Watson and Richard Bradley). a wide and precise physique of facts from the East Midlands is usually thought of (Patrick Clay) and the quantity is finished via papers contemplating very assorted neighborhood scales in eire. At a extra localised point, a chain of islands off the east coast of eire are mentioned in a neighborhood and wider context (Gabriel Cooney) and a nonetheless wider scale method is taken to panorama and routeways throughout eire as a complete (Carleton Jones). those papers don't easily manage 'rival' certain areas, yet fairly recommend that neighborhood, nearby and nationwide traditions cross-cut and mix in numerous methods in other places. The interplay among areas is as major as intra-regional area of expertise. This quantity addresses how we'd start to increase a extra nuanced imaginative and prescient of the Neolithic of the British Isles.
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171–8. Chapter 2 The map trap: the depiction of regional geographies of the Neolithic Kenneth Brophy ‘A good map tells a multitude of little white lies; it suppresses truth to help the user see what needs to be seen’ (Monmonier 1996, 25) INTRODUCTION There is compelling evidence and a sound theoretical basis for supposing that there were regional traditions of society, of material culture, and of identity within the Neolithic of the British Isles (cf. Bradley 1984; Sharples 1992; Thomas 1998; Cooney 2000; Barclay 2001).
Defining a Regional Neolithic: Evidence From Britain and Ireland by Kenneth Brophy, G. Barclay