front and back view of a flint axe headJake Rowland

Archaeology talk – Beyond Symbols of Power: Life in Middle Neolithic grave goods in Eastern Yorkshire

Date/Time: 07 September 2024 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Price: Free

Opening hours:
Monday: closed*
Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 5pm
*Open Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 5pm

Join this annual meeting of the Prehistory Research Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society and the Prehistoric Society, in collaboration with Leeds City Museum.  The general public (ages 16+) are welcome to join this free event to hear how grave goods found in Yorkshire’s prehistoric burials can throw light on Neolithic society and the relationships between people and objects.

Jake Rowland, a PhD student at the University of Southampton, is working on reconstructing the life histories of Middle Neolithic grave goods. His research integrates technological, contextual and use-wear analysis to explore prehistoric technology, materiality, depositional practices and the relationships between people and objects.

The round barrows, flat graves and mortuary features of Eastern Yorkshire have yielded some of the largest and most elaborate Neolithic grave assemblages ever found in Britain. From the extraordinary array of axeheads, knives and arrowheads from Duggleby Howe, Whitegrounds and Ayton East Field, to more unusual objects; worked boar tusks, antler ‘maceheads’ and jet beads and ‘belt sliders’. But what were these objects used for? How did they function in Neolithic society? And what do their lives tells us about the people they were interred with and the communities that deposited them? This talk presents new evidence that challenges many of the previously held assumptions about these objects and places them within their broader context in Middle Neolithic Britain.

Free, booking required.


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