Ritual landscape

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Ritual landscapes are extensive 'sacred' archaeological tracts which were seemingly dedicated to ceremonial purposes in the Neolithic and early Bronze Ages (c. 3500-1800 BC). The term itself began to emerge in the early 1980s in British archaeology, and was contrasted with more conventional studies of monument sites concerned with dating, classification and political divisions.

The evidence of contemporary settlement within these landscapes is often sparse or absent altogether; conversely, non-utilitarian structures and artifacts are typically abundant.[1]


  1. Robba, John G. (24 Feb 2007), The ‘ritual landscape’ concept in archaeology: a heritage construction<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>