PITS, PRECONCEPTIONS and PROPITIATION IN the BRITISH IRON AGE

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Abstract

Large pits have long been known to be a characteristic ofthe British Iron Age. Originally they were thought to be habitations but since the 1930s they huve been assumed to have ser\!ed as grain silos. This paper re~ie\i~.s chuiiging conceptions and then considers a range of iiew clum our speciul burials within the pits. A model is developed which sees the storuge of seed grain in pits as a deliberate act designed to place the grain in the protection of the chthonic deities. me chronological and spatial implications of pit storage in Britain are briefly considered.

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  • BARRY CUNLIFFE

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