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The Neolithic sensory revolution: monumentality and the experience of landscape

Chris Tilley

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264140
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734489 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0017

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 144

The Neolithic sensory revolution: monumentality and the experience of landscape

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If Neolithic communities did feel and think differently about the world from those in the Mesolithic, what caused the change? This chapter argues that a fundamental part of a new Neolithic ‘mode of thought’ was directly stimulated by fresh forms of sensory experience of place and landscape. If there was a Neolithic ‘revolution’, it entailed a sensory revolution in which through altering the earth people transformed their own experiential conditions of existence in a fundamental way. A new sensory experience of place and landscape and new modes of dwelling led directly to new ways of thinking and new sets of cosmological ideas explaining the place of people in the world.

Keywords: Neolithic; Mesolithic; mode of thought; sensory experience

Chapter.  6077 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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