Iron Age Mnemonics: A Biographical Approach to Dwelling in Later Prehistoric Britain

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Domestic architecture played a central role in the identity of later prehistoric communities, particularly in creating lasting bonds between the living and the dead. Acting as a conduit of memory and legacy for successive generations of inhabitants, roundhouses straddled the divide between house and memorial. The exceptionally well preserved Late Iron Age settlement at Broxmouth in southeast Scotland demonstrates the potential of biographical approaches in understanding the central role that roundhouses played in fashioning the identity of successive households, and the role of objects in constructing genealogical narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-674
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Issue number4
Early online date7 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

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© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.


  • Iron Age
  • Roundhouse
  • Memory
  • Scotland
  • Biography

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