- Project Leader: Jan Harding
- Sponsors: English Heritage Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund, British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Board, Society of Antiquities, Robert Kiln Charitable Trust, Lightwater Holdings plc, Prehistoric Society
This is a largely ignored but impressive Neolithic and Bronze Age monument complex, located in Yorkshire’s North Riding. Large-scale fieldwork here has focused on:
- the landscape’s development prior to the construction of its three massive henges
- the appearance and sequence of the henges themselves as well as their relationship to the surrounding landscape
- and this area’s use during the following Bronze Age
Earthwork survey, geophysical prospection, surface collection and excavations were all employed.
The project will be published as a Council of British Archaeology report. In the report the fieldwork results are considered alongside a detailed discussion of key interpretive themes in Neolithic and Bronze Age studies.
These include settlement patterns, exchange, landscape perception, religion, and ‘sacred landscapes’.
Thornborough is a highly unusual monument complex and landscape, offering novel insights to understanding the archaeology of the fifth millennium BC to the second millennium BC.