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11 MARCH LECTURE by Henrietta Quinnell
Thursday 12th March 2020

A Distinctive Neolithic in Devon, Cornwall and Scilly? Recent work on ceramics, axes and other things

Numerous ceramic assemblages from two decades of developer funded excavations now cover all phases of the Neolithic, while research into potential axe sources has provided new perspectives on production in Cornwall. This data will be examined against a background of causewayed enclosures in Devon and tor enclosures in Cornwall for the Early Neolithic and the apparent (?) scarcity of monuments of later date. Work on Scilly has provided a few chronological surprises. How far can the Neolithic of the area be now regarded as regionally distinctive and how much internal variation can now be perceived?

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