RCHME: Industry and Enclosure in the Neolithic Project
In August 1994, RCHME began a three year national project to record sites and monuments connected with the industry and enclosure of the Neolithic period. The project aims to produce a corpus of sites, based primarily on ground survey and aerial photographic transcription. It also incorporates synthetic overviews of the development of archaeological research, both at the level of each individual site and nationally, requiring archival research and in some cases re-evaluations of the artefactual evidence.
The aspect of the project concerned with 'industry' focuses on flint mining (given the dominance of axe manufacture in discussions to date), and aims to record 51 sites, of which 12 will produce plans. The study of the enclosures aims not only to re-examine the well-known causewayed enclosures, but also to investigate and illustrate some little known and morphologically unusual sites. The project aims to record 113 sites, producing plans of at least 100.
RCHME aims to publish the results of the project in two separate volumes.
This project is ongoing; for details, contact Peter Topping at the Cambridge Archaeology Office (01223 324010).