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The date of the Greater Stonehenge Cursus

  • Julian Thomas (a1), Peter Marshall (a2), Mike Parker Pearson (a3), Joshua Pollard (a4), Colin Richards (a1), Chris Tilley (a5) and Kate Welham (a6)...
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The Greater Cursus – 3km long and just north of Stonehenge – had been dated by a red deer antler found in its ditch in the 1940s to 2890-2460 BC. New excavations by the authors found another antler in a much tighter context, and dating a millennium earlier. It appears that the colossal cursus had already marked out the landscape before Stonehenge was erected. At that time or soon after, its lines were re-emphasised, perhaps with a row of posts in pits. So grows the subtlety of the discourse of monuments in this world heritage site.

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