In the middle-to-late Neolithic in southern and eastern Britain a number of important monumental landscapes were host to a series of cremation cemeteries, the deposition of the dead in some cases being a catalyst and inspiration for the elaborate monument-building and prolonged acts of remembrance that occurred at these central places through time. Based on Christina Willis’ PhD thesis, this volume includes a comprehensive reanalysis of more than 600 cremation deposits from over 80 sites across mainland Britain. The volume provides new perspectives on issues ranging from the methodological to the societal, shedding new light on these important acts of commemoration and place-making in the Neolithic. The analysis and methodological rigour will provide a benchmark for years to come and there is much in here to warrant a wide readership.
Stonehenge and Middle to Late Neolithic Cremation Rites in Mainland Britain (c.3500-2500 BC)