long mortuary enclosure

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A term proposed by Richard Atkinson in 1950 to describe a class of rectangular ditched enclosures found first at Dorchester‐on‐Thames in Oxfordshire and later known sporadically throughout England and Scotland. They date to the middle Neolithic, broadly the later part of the 4th millennium bc, and appear to be ceremonial structures, perhaps the precursors of cursus monuments. Although Atkinson originally thought they might be the places where corpses were excarnated, prior to their bones being interred within long barrows, this is no longer accepted.

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