Later prehistoric receptions of ancient monuments

In later prehistory, most megaliths were still recognisable as ancient monuments and accessible in the landscape. They could thus act as timemarks in a multi-temporal landscape.

Archaeological excavations and investigations have found evidence for various obviously conscious and meaningful activities which later prehistoric people in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern carried out at ancient monuments from a distant past.

Besides such later prehistoric references to ancient monuments, a further source for interpreting contemporary understandings of the past are ancient objects found in later prehistoric contexts.

All later prehistoric references to the past, including the receptions of ancient monument, are expressions of a particular history culture of the time, and indications for the character of the cultural memory in later prehistoric society.

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