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Building Stonehenge? An alternative interpretation of lipid residues in Grooved Ware from Durrington Walls

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito

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Abstract

Residues in Grooved Ware from Durrington Walls have been interpreted as the remains of large scale feasting associated with the construction of Stonehenge around 2500 BC. Whilst a function related to food consumption is possible, other explanations may be equally as plausible. An alternative interpretation not previously considered is that these residues could be related to a non-food use of animal resources, i.e. the production of tallow. This interpretation provides evidence supporting the ‘greased sled’ theory of how the megaliths were moved.


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Author(s): Shillito L-M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: In Press

Journal: Antiquity

Year: 2019

Acceptance date: 06/11/2018

ISSN (print): 0003-598X

ISSN (electronic): 1745-1744

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


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