Dorchester Culture

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Stuart Piggott (1910—1996) archaeologist


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One of the six or so secondary Neolithic cultures of the British Isles identified by Stuart Piggott in 1954 on the basis of finds from excavations at Dorchester‐on‐Thames, Oxfordshire. Since 1954 the main elements of the Dorchester Culture—henges, mini‐henges, post circles, cremation cemeteries, and burials under round barrows—have all been shown to be common and widespread features of the 3rd millennium bc in the British Isles, thus rendering the term obsolete.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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