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By Kenneth Brophy, G. Barclay

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This publication is the 9th released choice of papers from a Neolithic experiences staff day convention, and it keeps the Group's goal of providing study at the Neolithic of all components of the British Isles. the subject - local range - is a vital topic in Neolithic experiences this present day, and embraces traditions of monumentality, cost styles and fabric tradition. The individuals to this quantity deal with problems with regionality via a chain of case-studies that attention now not at the conventional 'cores' of Wessex and Orkney, yet really on different parts - the 'Irish Sea Zone', eire, Scotland, Yorkshire and the Midlands. the quantity commences with an advent (Gordon Barclay) that expands at the preliminary impetus and learn questions at the back of the 2001 convention this quantity relies on. this can be by means of a extra summary contribution analysing that the majority widely used of instruments for the exhibit of 'regional' archaeological facts, the distribution map (Kenneth Brophy). papers persist with that tackle the function fabric tradition performs in either defining and characterising local developments, one addressing the exact regionality of querns within the Neolithic (Fiona Roe), the opposite a wide-ranging research of excessive prestige fabric tradition and monumentality in Yorkshire (Roy Loveday). a chain of local stories follows, with 3 papers focusing explicitly on a variety of facts from the 'Irish Sea quarter (Vicki Cummings, Tom Clare and Aaron Watson and Richard Bradley). a wide and distinct physique of proof from the East Midlands can also be thought of (Patrick Clay) and the amount is finished via papers contemplating very assorted local scales in eire. At a extra localised point, a sequence of islands off the east coast of eire are mentioned in an area and wider context (Gabriel Cooney) and a nonetheless wider scale procedure is taken to panorama and routeways throughout eire as a complete (Carleton Jones). those papers don't easily arrange 'rival' certain areas, yet quite recommend that neighborhood, nearby and nationwide traditions cross-cut and mix in several methods in other places. The interplay among areas is as major as intra-regional strong point. This quantity addresses how we'd start to strengthen a extra nuanced imaginative and prescient of the Neolithic of the British Isles.

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However we should be clear that distribution maps are an uneasy marriage of non-reflective choices at the stage of designing the map, and readers who are extremely sophisticated at reading maps. The uncritical use of distribution maps leaves open the possibility for mapmakers to believe that they are neutrally depicting the archaeological record whilst map readers believe that what they are looking at is an objective document depicting some reality in the past. Distribution maps serve a number of functions, and one of them is to show meaningful patterns in archaeological data.

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We can do this accurately as maps have been carefully drawn to scale’ (Kemp 1989, 10) All maps have scales – both spatial and temporal. The conventions of scales are understood, whether appearing as a bar with shaded black and white sections, as a line, or as a written phrase (one inch to the mile, 1:10000 and so on). We expect to see scales on maps, although they are not always deemed necessary – for instance many of the figures reproduced with this paper have no scale, partly because they are not maps for measuring from, but also because it is understood that we know how big Britain, England and Scotland and so on are.

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