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Catalogue of the Mesolithic and Neolithic Collections in the National Museums and Galleries of Wales

By: Steve Burrow

398 pages, 101 illus

National Museum of Wales

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #143710 | ISBN: 0720005167
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The Mesolithic and Neolithic collections at the National Museums & Galleries of Wales provide much of the basis for our understanding of life in Wales from the end of the Ice Age to the beginning of metalworking. During these seven millennia, the foundations of our modern lives were laid as hunter-gatherers began the taming of the landscape, agriculture was adopted and long-distance exchange networks were established. Part 1 of the "Catalogue" includes essays outlining the main themes of the periods and putting the finds and the sites into context. Part 2 comprehensively catalogues over 1,200 assemblages, listing each object, its location and the circumstances of its discovery. The whole volume is indexed by place, period/site type and artefact type. This long-awaited volume is an essential resource for the study of 7,000 years of Welsh history.


Foreword. List of figures. Acknowledgements. Abreviations. Chapter 1 - Introduction: The Introductory Chapters. The catalogue. Indexes. Chapter 2 - The Mesolithic: The Mesolithic environment. Mesolithic archaeology. Chapter 3 - The Early Mesolithic (c. 9200-7500cal BC): Sites. Lithics. Other worked stone. Chapter 4 - The late Mesolithic (c. 7500-4000cal BC): Sites. Cave Burials. Lithics. Other worked stone. Worked bone and shell. Other archaeological evidence. Chapter 5 - The Neolithic: The beginning of the Neolithic. Dividing the Neolithic. Chapter 6 - The Earlier Neolithic (c. 4000-3000cal BC): Occupation sites. Cursus monuments. Megalithic tombs. Cave burials. Major stone working sites. Lithics. Pottery. Flint and stone axes. Other worked stone. Worked bone. Human Bone . Chapter 7 - The Later Neolithic (c. 3400-2500cal BC): Occupation. Henges, enclosures and ritual monuments. Burial Places. Lithics. Worked stone. Pottery. Chapter 8 - The end of the Stone Age: Part 2: The Catalogue. Introduction. Sample record. Description of terms. Catalogue. Bibliography. Place and Index. Period and site type index. Artefact type index.

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