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A tall wooden post, typically 6–10 m high, erected on a village green or convenient public open space in southern Britain in early spring, that provides the centre‐piece for formal communal dancing and celebrations. The dances were traditions ‘rounds’ where the participants form a circle. Traces of the stone sockets in which maypoles were placed can be seen on some village greens. References to maypoles extend back to the 14th century ad; the tradition of dancing round the maypole with plaited ribbons was introduced by Professor Ruskin in ad 1889.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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