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One of the key insights that has transformed our understanding of Stonehenge and other Neolithic monuments is the realization that the choice of materials used in these monuments was crucial to those who built them. In particular, it’s the view of some that Stonehenge was an attempt by its builders to construct something considerably more permanent and durable than the more common timber structures like Durrington Walls that had characterised Salisbury Plan up until the point Stonehenge was built and that their choice was profoundly related to their attitudes to life and death.

Working with Professor Mike Parker Pearson of Sheffield University, it was the Madagascan archaeologist Ramilison who in 1998 first made the discovery that has done so much to cast light on Stonehenge and the ritual landscape that surrounds it. In this podcast – the second in a series on the AHRC-funded Riverside project - both Mike Parker Pearson and Ramilison talk about their discoveries.

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07/10/2009 3.22