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392 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (71 plates in colour)

Published Sep 2017

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784916855

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Megaliths; Megalithic societies; Europe; Neolithic; Henge; Tomb; Standing stones; supra-regional synthesis; radiocarbon dating; Bayesian framework

Time and Stone: The Emergence and Development of Megaliths and Megalithic Societies in Europe

By Bettina Schulz Paulsson

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This analysis is concerned with the dating of megaliths in Europe and is based on 2410 available radiocarbon results and the application of a Bayesian statistical framework. It is, so far, the largest existing attempt to establish a supra-regional synthesis on the emergence and development of megaliths in Europe.



Chapter 1 Megaliths and megalithic societies in Europe; Chapter 2 Methodical Approach: Radiocarbon Dates and Bayesian Chronological Modelling; Chapter 3 Northwest France; Chapter 4 Catalonia; Chapter 5 Southern France; Chapter 6 Corsica; Chapter 7 Sardinia; Chapter 8 The Maltese Archipelago; Chapter 9 Southern Spain; Chapter 10 West Iberian Peninsula; Chapter 11 The other megalithic regions in Northern Europe and in the Mediterranean; Chapter 12 Synthesis: the emergence and spreading of megaliths and megalithic societies in Europe; Appendix 1 Oversight Graphic; Appendix 2 Glossary; Appendix 3 Data; Bibliography

About the Author

Dr. Bettina Schulz Paulsson obtained her MA in Prehistoric Archaeology/American Anthropology in 2005 at the Humboldt /Freie Universität in Berlin/Germany and her PhD in 2013 at the graduate school “Human development in Landscapes”/ Christian-Albrechts Universität Kiel. Recently, she has been appointed to the Department of History, at the University of Gothenborg/Sweden as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow, funded under the EC’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Initiative. Her main research is on the Neolithic, with a particular focus on scientific dating, megaliths, rock art studies, cognitive archaeology and symbolic systems.