27 April 2022

Archaeology Online: Priddy wonderful – a Neolithic ceremonial landscape on the Mendip Hills

Find out about the archaeology of Priddy and its Neolithic ceremonial landscape in the last Archaeology Online event of the series.

The upland limestone plateau of Mendip is well known for the richness of its prehistoric archaeology, from Palaeolithic cave deposits to the numerous clusters of Bronze Age round barrows.

The Neolithic seems similarly well-represented, with impressive long barrows and henges. Yet these monuments were built close to the beginning and end of the Neolithic period and there is little visible evidence for activities in the intervening centuries.

Recent survey and excavation work in the parish of Priddy, as part of the ongoing Priddy Environs Project, has started to populate the centuries between c.4000 – 2450 BC with a wealth of new sites.  These include ceremonial monuments related to causewayed enclosure and palisaded enclosure traditions, as well as a timber circle.

This talk will present these new findings and reassess the timing, tempo and types of Neolithic activity on the Mendip Hills. It will also consider why so many of these activities were clustered in and around Priddy and offer suggestions to why this place became such an important Neolithic ceremonial landscape.

Speaker: Dr Jodie Lewis is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bradford. She is a landscape archaeologist with a deep interest in the Mendip Hills and specialises in the Mesolithic to Bronze Age periods in Britain. Jodie has been researching the archaeology of Mendip for 25 years and carries out annual excavation and survey projects. Most recently her work has concentrated on Priddy. Jodie is Director of the Priddy Environs Project, which has included excavations at a range of prehistoric, Romano-British, medieval and post medieval sites in the parish.

How to take part

Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 3pm on Wednesday 27 April.

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Additional information

This talk is part of Archaeology Online, a new series of monthly digital talks brought to you by Bristol Museums, Bath and Counties Archaeological Society, Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society and Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.