Whittle, A. W R. (2000). `Very like a whale':. Cambridge Archaeol J 10 (2). Vol 10(2), pp. 243-259.

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`Very like a whale':
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menhirs, motifs and myths in the Mesolithic--Neolithic transition of northwest Europe
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Cambridge Archaeol J 10 (2)
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Cambridge Archaeological Journal
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10 (2)
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243 - 259
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The author suggests that the rare motif on Breton menhirs often interpreted as an axe or an axe-plough, could be the representation of a whale, and that if so, this might be a mythic creature. The character of myth and narrative is considered. It is mooted that Late Mesolithic people or their immediate descendants could have been responsible for the erection of such menhirs. Other representations of natural creatures in the Mesolithic and Neolithic in Europe are briefly noted, and the possible importance of myth in the Mesolithic--Neolithic transition of northwest Europe is discussed.
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Alasdair W R Whittle
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2000
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Late Mesolithic (Auto Detected Temporal)
Neolithic (Auto Detected Temporal)
Mesolithic (Auto Detected Temporal)
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26 Apr 2005