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Comparative Models of Megalithic Landscapes in Neolithic Atlantic Europe


The project leading to this webpage has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 886793

University College London, Institute of Archaeology, United Kingdom


Studying the spatial patterns of the neolithic megalithic architectures along the Atlantic façade of Europe


Geographers and archaeologists have long been interested in the possibility of a common culture rooted deep in prehistory between people along Europe’s Atlantic façade. With this interest in mind, the EU-funded MegaScapes project intends to determine if the spatial meaning of neolithic megalithic architecture was regionally variable or shared along the Atlantic European seaboard. To do so, it will conduct a comparative study of megalithic constructions across Europe’s Atlantic façade during the period 5000–2500 BC, focussing on Spain, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The project will shed more light on megalithic landscapes in neolithic Atlantic Europe.

The MegaScapes project comprises an international team of specialists in Landscape and Computational Archaeology which will investigate the spatial significance of the megalithic architectures along the Atlantic coast of Europe

By applying a raft of computational methods including GIS, Spatial Statistics and Computer Simulation, it will provide new light on the spatial roles that the megalithic architectures had in the Neolithic landscapes

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