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Author Mytum, Harold, 1955-
Title Monumentality in later prehistory : building and rebuilding Castell Henllys Hillfort / Harold Mytum.
Imprint New York : Springer, [2013]

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Author Mytum, Harold, 1955-
Subject Iron age -- Wales -- Pembrokeshire.
Fortification, Prehistoric -- Wales -- Pembrokeshire.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Wales -- Pembrokeshire.
Castell Henllys Site (Wales)
Pembrokeshire (Wales) -- Antiquities.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 336 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Part I: Setting the scene. Enclosure and monumentality : hillforts in British and European late prehistory -- Castell Henllys in its temporal, cultural, and intellectual contexts -- Part II: The palisaded settlement. The palisade and entrance -- The interior : roundhouses, scoops, and activity areas -- A boundary in stones : the chevaux-de-frise -- The palisaded settlement : its size, character and environmental impact -- Part III: Ramparts and ditches. Previous research on hillfort ramparts and ditches -- Ramparts and ditches on the western side of the fort -- The building of a rampart : stratigraphy and action unpicked -- Encircling the promontory -- Ramparts and ditches : evidence and inference -- Part IV: The entrances. Crossing thresholds : entrances in stone -- Crossing thresholds : from monumental to non-monumental -- An epilogue : the late Roman or post-Roman refurbishment -- Part V: Conclusions. Context, function, meaning.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This volume provides the results of a 30-year excavation, reconstruction, and public interpretation campaign at the late prehistoric inland promontory settlement of Castell Henllys, here focusing on the defensive sequence and the role of monumentality in later prehistory. The site has international significance because of the extensive excavations of the Iron Age palisaded settlement and later earthen ramparts, complex gateway, and chevaux-de-frise of upright stones. It is now widely recognised that the Iron Age consisted of many regional cultural traditions, and the excavations at Castell Henllys provide a vital contrast to the well-known large hillfort communities in other parts of England and Wales as well as across Europe. As such, it is a unique window into a widespread but largely ignored site category and form of social and economic organisation. The publication will provide a case study for the construction and use of the earthworks of a major European late prehistoric settlement type - the Iron Age hillfort; the monumental construction is compared with other communal investments such as the Mississippian mounds. It will also offer an innovative form of site reporting, including alternative interpretations of the earthworks as either military defences or the community-binding symbols.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781461480273 (electronic bk.)
1461480272 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-1-4614-8027-3
OCLC # 858763766
Additional Format Print version: Mytum, Harold. Monumentality in Later Prehistory : Building and Rebuilding Castell Henllys Hillfort. Dordrecht : Springer, 2013 9781461480266

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