Living with Monuments



The Avebury Landscape: where were people living and what were they doing when they built and used the great monuments that dominate our thinking today?

The Living with Monuments Project is a joint venture between researchers from the Universities of Southampton, Leicester, Ghent and Cambridge, Allen Environmental Archaeology and the National Trust. It’s funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council with support in kind from the National Trust and the University of Ghent.

Our aim is to redress a critical imbalance in what we know of life and cultural landscapes during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (c.4,000-1500 BC). Archaeologists’ accounts of these periods mainly deal with why and how the ceremonial and funerary monuments – which form the most visible and tangible part of its archaeological record – were created.

But we know remarkably little about where and how people lived in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age or what other sorts of non-monument focussed activity they were undertaking . To solve this problem we’re going to be carrying out an innovative programme of carefully targeted fieldwork alongside reassessment of existing data – including material in our Museum archives – within a landscape famed for its monumental architecture: the area in and around Avebury.

You can catch-up with what we’re up to on our FragmeNTs Blog.