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Title: Coastal connections: the archaeology of the British North Sea coastline in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, 4000-1500BC
Author: Rogers , Alice J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6352 2228
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis demonstrates the significance of the British North Sea coast as a route facilitating movement and interaction during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, 4000 - 1500 cal BC. It represents the first sustained archaeological study of this coastline as a route for movement. It is argued that during the course of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age interaction and movement between different communities was facilitated by access to this coastline. It progresses the discussion of prehistoric British maritime movement by considering a route along the sea, rather than just across it. A key aspect of this thesis examines how geography relates to movement and interaction; in particular looking at how large river estuaries impact upon the level of maritime movement and interaction occurring in the surrounding land. Two new ways of examining maritime interaction are presented; using the fractal values of coastlines to indicate areas of potential, and also using the theory of maritime havens to actually detect maritime interaction occurring. An approach is developed which considers the evidence of monuments, burial practices and material culture alongside each other, and evidence for movement and interaction taking place along the British North Sea coast is examined through time. This allowed changes in the level of engagement in interaction and maritime movement to be detected, and revealed that the British North Sea coastal route was at its greatest extent during the period 2250 - 1950 cal BC. The results of this research are then situated within wider discussions of exchange and maritime movement in archaeology, looking in particular at how the studied route interacts with other networks of exchange.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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