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date: 31 October 2020

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Megaliths of north-west Europe, through their positioning within the topographically varied landscapes, identify locations which are imbued with cosmological significance for the Neolithic world. They variously highlight the coastal, inland, lowland, or upland topographies and emphasize the role that ancestors—in the guise of the bones preserved within the megalithic chambers—exercised at the meeting places of different worlds. Ancestors played a role in the overall network of contacts and communications between individual communities and, significantly, facilitated the encounters between human, animal, and spirit domains.

Keywords: megaliths, cultural and natural landscapes, funerary rituals, Neolithic cosmology

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