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Dr Nick Snashall
Dr Nick Snashall

Press Release - 08 October 2007

Lunchtime lecture: the people of Neolithic Britain

The lives of the people who built monuments such as Stonehenge and Avebury will be discussed in a lunchtime lecture on Neolithic Britain at the University of Bath on Friday 19 October.

The lecture: Between the monuments: Neolithic Wessex & beyond will run from 12.15 to 1.15pm at Carpenter House, the University’s city centre location, and includes a sandwich lunch.

Archaeologists have traditionally concentrated on the tombs and monuments of the period but Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist at Avebury, will focus on its people, looking at recent discoveries and reassessing the evidence from existing fieldwork.

“The Neolithic era heralded the introduction of agriculture, pottery and ritual monuments to the British Isles,” said Dr Snashall. “Awe-inspiring monuments such as Stonehenge and Avebury have formed a focus for much of the attention of archaeologists studying the period. But what was happening in the lives of people who lived nearby?

“My lecture will explore the clues that can help us to understand how the people who built the tombs and stone circles of Neolithic Britain lived in and understood their world.”

Dr Snashall has a doctorate in archaeology and has excavated on prehistoric sites across Britain and Europe, including over 20 years of research and fieldwork in the Cotswolds. She is also a tutor on the University’s programme of part-time archaeology courses run by the Division for Lifelong Learning.

Tickets for the lecture cost £6.50 and need to be booked in advance. To download a booking form see the related links section or contact Anne Olesen on 01793 328800, email A.Olesen@bath.ac.uk.


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