A Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscape in Northamptonshire
The Raunds Area Project investigated more than 20 Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in the Nene Valley. From c 5000 BC to the early 1st millennium cal BC a succession of ritual mounds and burial mounds were built as settlement along the valley sides increased and woodland was cleared.
Starting as a regular stopping-place for flint knapping and domestic tasks, first the Long Mound, and then Long Barrow, the north part of the Turf Mound and the Avenue were built in the 5th millennium BC. With the addition of the Long Enclosure, the Causewayed Ring Ditch, and the Southern Enclosure, there was a chain of five or six diverse monuments stretched along the river bank by c 3000 cal BC. Later, a timber platform, the Riverside Structure, was built and the focus of ceremonial activity shifted to the Cotton 'Henge', two concentric ditches on the occupied valley side.
From c 2200 cal BC monument building accelerated and included the Segmented Ditch Circle and at least 20 round barrows, almost all containing burials, at first inhumations, then cremations down to c 1000 cal BC, by which time two overlapping systems of paddocks and droveways had been laid out. Finally, the terrace began to be settled when these had gone out of use, in the early 1st millennium cal BC.
This second volume of the Raunds Area Project, published as a CD, comprises the detailed reports on the environmental archaeology, artefact studies, geophysics and chronology. It includes an integrated GIS-ready digital archive which is available to download as a zip file located on the right hand side of this page. The archive is the compilation of the archives of five separate projects, collectively forming the research dataset for A Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscape in Northamptonshire: The Raunds Area Project synthesis volume [volume 1]: Irthlingborough, Stanwick, West Cotton, Cotton 'henge' and Redlands Farm.
SS1 Structural evidence: Landscape Unit reports
SS2 Viewshed analysis
SS3 Artefacts & Catalogue of illustrated Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery
SS4 Environmental Evidence
SS5 The Neolithic and early Bronze Age archaeology of the Raunds area investigated by geophysical survey
SS6 Absolute Chronology
SS8 The archive
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