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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evolutionary and ecological influences on monumental architecture at Navan Fort in Northern Ireland
by Turcketta, Gina M., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 94; 1524172
Abstract (Summary)

Cultural evolutionary change at Navan Fort during the Bronze and Iron Ages was shaped by multiple selective pressures, including population growth, climatic fluctuation, and warfare. Archaeological evidence suggests that there was an increase in community aggregation, agriculture, ceremonialism, and large architectural structures. What led to the construction of these monumental structures? Was Navan Fort built by a complex chiefdom or by well-organized people working together?

This work will examine the cultural evolutionary processes of Navan Fort in Northern Ireland, which thrived from approximately 400 B.C.E. to C.E. 200. It is important that both evolutionary and ecological theories, and scientific studies including dendrochronology, palynology and faunal analysis be considered in order to develop a better understanding of the cultural changes that occurred at Navan Fort, to help determine what led to the rise of monumental architecture, and to understand what kind of organized society constructed this structure.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Owl, Marcus Young
Commitee: Galligan, Monica, LeMaster, Barbara
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: Northern Ireland
Publication Number: 1524172
ISBN: 978-1-303-52149-2
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