6. Identity, Society, Belief Systems

This theme deals with the less tangible aspects of Neolithic life: how society was structured, and how people made sense of the world.

The nature of life and death, ceremony and religion, funerary practice and monumentality has dominated British Neolithic studies for over a century. The vast majority of Neolithic sites and monuments we have in Scotland are of a non-utilitarian character, or seem to have been associated with the dead. Yet paradoxically very little is known about such aspects of life and death in the Neolithic.

6.1 Society

6.2 Belief systems

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