- Project Leader: Jan Harding
- Sponsors: English Heritage Commissions
Raunds Prehistoric combines large scale rescue excavation with field survey and environmental research in an examination of the evolution of the landscape in an area of the Nene Valley in Northamptonshire.
Under the auspices of the Raunds Area Project, large-scale rescue excavations were carried out in advance of gravel extraction and road-building at:
- West Cotton
- Redlands Farm
in the Nene Valley, Northamptonshire.
Further excavation and survey work was undertaken at Cotton Henge, followed by geophysical survey at Stanwick.
The excavations and initial analysis were conducted by the Central Archaeology Service of English Heritage, the Northampton County Council Archaeological Unit, and The Oxford Archaeological Unit.
Raunds Prehistoric is now being completed as a University of Newcastle project and the work will be published as an English Heritage report.
The report contains extended discussions of key interpretive themes in Neolithic and Bronze Age studies, including:
- the character of the Neolithic transition
- the creation of distinctive middle Neolithic complexes
- the diversity of earlier Bronze Age mortuary practices and monument building
- the continuation of ceremony among the agricultural landscapes of the later Bronze Age
The report also explores the creation and changeability of social 'homeworlds' and identity between 4000-1200BC.