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Barnabas Harris

Landscapes of Labour: A quantitative study of monument construction in North Wessex c. 4000-2000BC.

 

Email: Barnabas.harris.14@ucl.ac.uk
Section: World Archaeology
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Landscapes of Labour: A quantitative study of monument construction in North Wessex c. 4000-2000BC.

My research will inform a new perspective on shifting social orders and cultural change during a pivotal episode in British and Irish prehistory; the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (4th-3rd millenia BC). During this extraordinary period communities came together to undertake massive engineering works. I will explore the physical and social aspects of megalithic (large, stone-built) monuments, examining how they were constructed and documenting the impact of this process on the everyday lives of Britain and Ireland's earliest agrarian communities. Specifically, I will assess the levels of labour invested in monumental construction activities across 3 regions in Britain - the Wessex chalklands, Eastern Ireland and the Orkney Islands.

Funding

LAHP (AHRC)

Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (JFIGS) Bursary

Education

  • MA, Material Culture Studies, University of Sheffield, 2013.
  • BSc, Archaeological Science, University of Sheffield, 2009
    Publications

    Harris, B.G., In press. Chalk rubble from the henge bank. In: Parker Pearson, M. (eds.) Durrington Walls and Woodhenge: a place for the living. The Stonehenge Riverside Project Volume 2. Prehistoric Society Monograph. Oxford: Oxbow.

    Cripps, J., Rosli, N.L.B.A., Harris, B., Lewis, R., 2015. Effects of Moisture Content on the Strength and Wear Resistance of Chalk. In: Lollino, G., Giordan, D., Marunteanu, C., Christaras, B., Yoshinori, I., Margottini, C. (eds.), Engineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 8. Springer International Publishing, pp. 305-310.

    Conference papers

    Chalking it down to Experience: An Experimental Study into the Architectonics of Durrington Walls., 2012. Conference paper at TAG Liverpool.