The Catholme Ceremonial Complex, Stafforshire, UK

Henry Chapman, Mark Hewson, Margaret Watters

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    During the 1960s and 1970s, aerial reconnaissance on the northern side of the confluence of the Rivers Trent, Tame, and Mease in Staffordshire revealed a cluster of features indicative of prehistoric ceremonial activity. Some of the features within the cluster are morphologically unique, but a lack of previous investigation meant that their dating, phasing, and function were unknown. This paper details the results of a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing these questions about the complex and to place it into its contemporary landscape context. The results indicate that the complex represents numerous phases of symbolic and ceremonial activity extending from the late Neolithic and into the early Bronze Age. Furthermore, it has shown how these structures fit within a wider landscape of ceremonial activity extending back to the earlier Neolithic and continuing into the Bronze Age.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)135-163
    Number of pages29
    JournalPrehistoric Society, London. Proceedings
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


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