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Title: Modes of movement : Neolithic and Bronze Age human mobility in the Great Ouse, Nene and Welland river valleys
Author: Mills, Jessica
ISNI:       0000 0004 2748 9459
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis is concerned with developing an archaeological theory of movement. Movement forms one of the most important phenomena of human life. It is an essential component of being, action and identity indeed without it we cease to live. Notwithstanding, human pedestrian movement remains little theorised within prehistoric contexts and when it is considered is usually restricted to seasonal mobilities or patterns of movement around and within the architectures of Neolithic monuments. This thesis goes beyond this narrow focus by examining movement as an integral facet of quotidian life. Notably, this thesis outlines how the bodily engagement of individuals creates a sense of space, place and architecture - essentially how the world comes into being. This point of departure, from contemporary archaeological narratives, states that gestures, movements and mobilities physically create the fabric of place, architecture and landscape, can transcend such physical features and transform them. Alongside this theoretical perspective, a Geographical Information System (GIS) methodology has been developed in which past movement can be foregrounded and analysed. In particular, this methodology elucidates general patterns of prehistoric mobility for three study areas within the Great Ouse, Nene and Welland river valleys, situated in the East Midlands/East Anglia. Through using a theoretically informed humanistic GIS methodology, changes in movement from the Late Mesolithic to the Middle Bronze Age (5000 - 1300 cal BC) have been analysed for each river valley study area. This wide temporal range has been chosen as it represents a dynamic period in British prehistory which encompassed broad-scale changes in patterns of mobility - from mobile lifeways to more tethered lives. How these transformations were played out in the Great Ouse, Nene and Welland river valleys is outlined in a series of narratives.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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