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Meldon Bridge Period


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A phase of the British late Neolithic spanning the period 3000–2750 bc which was defined by Colin Burgess in the late 1970s using Meldon Bridge in Peebleshire, Scotland, as the type‐site. Following the middle Neolithic, the start of the Meldon Bridge Period is marked by the development of Peterborough ware and grooved ware. It is followed by the Mount Pleasant Period. During the Meldon Bridge Period major new types of monuments such as henges, henge enclosures, cursūs, palisaded enclosures, developed passage graves, and stone circles began to develop. In some areas single graves became more common. The later part of this period also sees the first use of copper in the British Isles, initially in Ireland, with items imported to other areas. This has been defined by Burgessas metalworking Stage I (Castletown Roche industries) and Stage II (Knocknague/Lough Ravel industries).

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