domingo, 14 de febrero de 2016

A connection with prehistory: Artists create film about one of UK's first Neolithic ritual monuments


A reconstruction by Ian Dennis of the Whitehawk causewayed enclosure c. 3,600 cal BC (reproduced from Whittle, Healy and Bayliss 2011; fig. 1.3)
  
A huge prehistoric monument overlooking Brighton, left unexcavated since the 1930s until a community dig in 2014, is the subject of a new film

Until March last year, archaeologists spent 12 months investigating Whitehawk Camp, a 5,500-year-old Stone Age monument of a Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure covering six acres in one of the first examples of an early British farming community set up 500 years before Stonehenge.

The first digs there took place during the 1920s, but Archaeology South East, who led this excavation, had spent several years wanting to properly re-examine the grounds. Now the story of the hill and the relationship humans have had with it has been turned into a three-screen installation.

“Excavations in the early 20th century revealed pottery, flint tools, animal bones and carved chalk,” says Caitlin Easterby, of environmental artists Red Earth, who shot the film over a year. [...] Culture24 / Link 2