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Dr Nick Snashall
Dr Nick Snashall

Press Release - 15 November 2006

Free public lecture unearths life in the Neolithic Cotswolds

A fresh look at the Neolithic Cotswolds brings to light how its people lived their lives, in a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 22 November.

Research has traditionally focused on the tombs and monuments of the period but Dr Nick Snashall will make it a matter of life as well as death, in a lecture that that explains how new evidence is revealing Neolithic life.

“Learning to read the evidence from prehistoric stone working is enabling us to start to understand for the first time how the people of the Neolithic Cotswolds lived in, experienced and understood their world,” said Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust archaeologist for Avebury.

“The Neolithic was a time of tremendous change. The people that lived during this period witnessed the construction of the first tombs and monuments, the introduction of domesticated crops and animals and the production of the first pottery.

“Until recently, research has concentrated on the monuments from the period, so that we seem to know more about the relationship of Neolithic people with the dead that we do about the realm of the living.”

Dr Snashall has excavated on prehistoric sites across Britain and Europe and has been involved in fieldwork and research in the Cotswolds for over twenty years.

Admission for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. The lecture runs from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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