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A Monumental Midwinter Solstice: Shining a Light on Neolithic Life

Thu, Jan 13, 2022 · 11:00 AM · London
About This Webinar

The Midwinter Solstice was celebrated at many of the great monuments of the Neolithic, 5,000 years ago. Stonehenge, Maes Howe in Orkney and Newgrange in Ireland continue to be breath-taking sites but, for a few weeks of the year, they were particularly special and spectacular. As the midwinter sun sets, shafts of light illuminate the deep darkness in the carefully aligned tombs; experiencing this is still a very moving moment, even today. We explore what it was all about for the early farmers and what midwinter celebrations may have meant for their life-bringing farming, for their beliefs and their approach to death.

This lecture is about a very human celebration of light in the dark midwinter and an exploration into how great monuments we can still visit can take us back in time to the dawn of our settled lives in society.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: £12.00
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Gillian, professionally known as 'The Muddy Archaeologist', is an award-winning writer, author, ancient historian, archaeologist and Latin expert. Her hands-on excavations on archaeological sites range from Pompei and Hadrian's Wall from the Roman period to prehistoric sites such as the stunning Neolithic Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. Gillian is now using her expertise to communicate ancient history to wider audiences not only on cruises and tours - including CICERONI's travels - but in courses, lectures and events in person nationally and internationally, online (including Neolithic Orkney) and in the media, most recently on Radio 4 and BBC World Service).

Please go to www.muddyarchaeologist.co.uk to find more details.
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