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By Richard Bradley

This interesting research explores how our prehistoric ancestors built rituals from daily life and family actions. Richard Bradley contends that for far of the prehistoric interval, ritual used to be no longer a special sphere of job. particularly it was once the best way varied positive aspects of the household global have been performed out till they took on features of theatrical functionality.

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They should contain what she calls ‘votive objects’, and domestic artefacts should not occur. Similarly, the buildings associated with sacred places should be quite different from those found on occupation sites. In her study she also identified Iron Age shrines through their similarity to Classical architecture. She concluded that: There are no reliable explicit criteria for the identification of Celtic sacred structures where they are not accompanied by votive objects and are not situated at sites with continuous ritual activity.

He finds it hard to contemplate a direct relationship between the act of cultivation, which belongs to the domestic domain, and the construction of mounds which were to be used in mortuary ritual. Because such a development juxtaposes two different domains, he treats the relationship as coincidental and looks for practical arguments to support that view. Much the same applies to Wainwright’s discussion of Durrington Walls (1975). So long as it seemed to possess a distinctive character he was quite content to interpret it as a ceremonial centre.

That a concerted effort was made to locate the remains of the temple. The most likely site seemed to be the medieval cathedral that had been built there before the present city of Uppsala was established. 1; Lindqvist 1923, 1929 and 1936). He identified just eleven of these, four running in a straight line, and two others offset from them at right angles. Two further rows, running parallel to one another, were suggested by excavation. These features were scattered over a considerable area, but that did not deter him from producing detailed architectural drawings of the temple.

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