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Leading Authority on the Neolithic and Bronze Age Periods in Britain to give Public Lecture 16 February 2007

Continuing with its increasingly popular Winter Lecture Programme, Manx National Heritage will be hosting a lecture by Professor Richard Bradley, Professor of Archaeology at Reading University, Doctor of the University of Lund and Fellow of the British Academy. The lecture will take place at the Manx Museum lecture theatre on the evening of Friday 23 February 2007.

Professor Bradley specialises in the study of prehistoric landscapes, ritual monuments and social organisations, and rock art. The lecture entitled “Scottish Henges and Stone Circles” promises to include many examples of such monuments in Scotland and beyond with Professor Bradley discussing how and when these structures were built and how they may have been used over time.

Professor Richard Bradley comments:

“The lecture will try to illustrate the diversity of prehistoric stone circles and similar monuments across time and space. It will begin with examples in Ireland and Scotland, rather than the too-familiar monuments in southern England, and will discuss how and when these structures were built, how they may have been used and how their roles seem to have changed over time. I shall also consider their place in the ancient landscape. The lecture will conclude with the extraordinary monument at Broomend of Crichie near Aberdeen where I am excavating at the moment.”

Archaeological publications written by Professor Bradley include: “The Significance of Monuments”, “An Archaeology of Natural Places”, “The Past in Prehistoric Societies” and “Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe”. His latest book “The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland” will appear in March this year. Professor Bradley has also written two reports based on his excavations at Scottish stone circles and related monuments – “The Good Stones” and “The Moon and the Bonfire”. He has also conducted fieldwork in Spain and Sweden.

The lecture will commence at 7.30 pm on Friday 23rd February and will be held at the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre. Doors open at 7 pm and admission is free of charge.

The Manx Museum is part of the award winning Story of Mann and is open all year from 10.00am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

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