Social Philosophy

Halls of the Dead: Discoveries from an archaeological dig

Professor Julian Thomas
11th May 2017, 7:00pm

Dorstone Hill represents an elaborate Neolithic landscape dating to the fourth millennium BC.  Part of this complex is a ‘causewayed enclosure’, a large enclosed space used for gatherings.  More striking is the series of three funerary long mounds arranged end to end in a line across the hilltop.  Each was built on the footprint of a large timber building which appear to have been deliberately burnt down, generating intense heat.

In his lecture Professor Thomas will outline the discoveries at Dorstone Hill before discussing the significance of a ‘hall of the living’ being transformed into a ‘house of the dead’, in the context of developments throughout Neolithic Europe.

About the Speaker

Julian Thomas is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Manchester.  His research is principally concerned with the Neolithic period in Britain and Europe and the philosophy of archaeology.  He has been secretary of the World Archaeological Congress, a vice president of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a director of the Stonehenge Riverside Project.  He is the author of numerous books and articles including The Birth of Neolithic Britain and Archaeology and Modernity.  Professor Thomas is presently co-director (with Keith Ray) of the Dorstone Hill excavation in Herefordshire.


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Chicken with Diane sauce with new potatoes and vegetables or goats cheese and red onion quiche (v)

Lemon tart or fresh fruit salad

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