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Results

Between 2003 and 2006, the project obtained over 400 radiocarbon dates for samples from 35 enclosures, most of them of classic causewayed form, in southern England, as well as in Wales and Ireland. These have been modelled with a similar number of other dates from the enclosures and with dates for contemporary activity in the same areas. There has been progress on the major questions posed at the start of the project, and some unexpected patterns have emerged.

The results will be published in full in the project’s monograph, which is at an advanced stage of preparation:

Whittle, A., Bayliss, A. and Healy, F. forthcoming. Gathering Time. Dating the Early Neolithic Enclosures of Southern Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Oxbow Books

Preliminary statements are to be found in:

Bayliss, A., Whittle, A. and Healy, F. 2008. Timing, tempo and temporalities in the early Neolithic of southern Britain. Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 40, 25‒42.

Whittle, A., Bayliss, A. and Healy, F., 2008. The timing and tempo of change: examples from the
fourth millennium cal BC in southern England
. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 18, 65–70.

Whittle, A., Bayliss, A. and Healy, F. forthcoming. Event and short-term process: times for the early Neolithic of southern Britain. In D. Bolender (ed), An Eventful Archaeology. Buffalo.