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.
- Later prehistoric finds and sites have frequently been recorded inside or directly at megaliths as well as in their neighbourhood.
- In particular, the mounds or chambers of megaliths contained in many cases later prehistoric burials.
- Later prehistoric burial traditions were deliberately continued or they imitated old traditions, with reference to ancient monuments in the landscape.
- People in later prehistory were probably responsible for some of the cup-marks that can be found on many megaliths.
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.
- Earlier artefacts, such as Neolithic stone axes, have occasionally been found and recorded on excavations of later prehistoric sites.
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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