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date: 18 November 2019

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This chapter focuses on Neolithic pits in Britain. Having outlined the variable character of evidence across space and time, it looks at how these sometimes enigmatic features have been interpreted over the years. The chapter also discusses the prominent role that the concept of ‘structured deposition’ has played in more recent accounts. It is suggested that, whilst undeniably valuable, this idea has in some ways curtailed other potential interpretations. The chapter ends by looking at some of the other avenues of investigation which can be explored, including what pits can tell us about the temporality of Neolithic occupation.

Keywords: Pit, deposition, occupation, temporality, material patterning

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