Chapman, H. H P. (2005). Rethinking the `cursus problem' -- investigating the Neolithic landscape archaeology of Rudston, East Yorkshire, UK, using GIS. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 71. Vol 71, pp. 159-170.

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Rethinking the `cursus problem' -- investigating the Neolithic landscape archaeology of Rudston, East Yorkshire, UK, using GIS
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Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 71
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71
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159 - 170
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The author suggests that in terms of their interpretation, cursus monuments remain arguably the most enigmatic class of Neolithic landscape monument. The paper reconsiders this `cursus problem' through the study of the complex of cursuses that surrounds the village of Rudston, East Yorkshire. Using a GIS-based analysis, it is argued that two distinct forms of architecture can be recognised. In the earlier phase it is possible to recognise the importance of somatic experience generated through movement along the interior of the monuments, incorporating elements of visual surprise in addition to constant visual relationships with earlier monuments. By the later phase, somatic experience becomes less important, with the cursus forming a more naturalised role in harmony with the natural landscape and less structured for movement. It is suggested that the results of this analysis have wider implications for the study of both cursus landscapes elsewhere and prehistoric landscape archaeology more generally. Includes French, German and Spanish summaries.
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Henry H P Chapman ORCID icon
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2005
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Prehistoric (MIDAS)
Neolithic (MIDAS)
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URI: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prehistoric/
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13 Mar 2006