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Title: A spatial analysis of Neolithic and Bronze Age burial sites in Northern Ireland
Author: Brogan , Catriona
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 9202
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis is a landscape analysis of Neolithic and Bronze Age burials in relation to both the landscape and other relevant archaeological sites, including other funerary monuments. This study aims to establish spatial trends in the positioning of the burial sites within the landscape, in order to establish if important natural resources influenced their location. It also examines the spatial relationship of the burial traditions in relation to each other and existing domestic and ritual sites in order to identify affinities, and to assess whether discrete funerary landscapes existed within the study area. GIS analysis was applied to the burial sites in order to obtain data on topographical aspects of the funerary landscape, which were analysed further for significant relationships. Cross-K analysis was also used to establish spatial relationships between datasets. Taphonomic issues and the representativeness of the archaeological data are examined to determine how valid the results are. The results from this analysis indicate that in some instances sites were influenced by the presence of certain resources, especially land quality. Concentrations of burial activity were also identified. Cross-K analysis demonstrated that contemporary burial and domestic activity throughout both periods were generally integrated. Other spatial relationships were identified that illustrate both continuity and discord within the ritual landscape of Northern Ireland, suggesting that the presence of earlier ritual sites may have influenced the location of later monuments.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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