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Making a Mark: Process, Pattern and Change in the British and Irish Neolithic

Jones, Andrew Meirion; Díaz-Guardamino, Marta

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Andrew Meirion Jones


This paper presents key results of the Making a Mark project (2014–2016), which aimed to provide a contextual framework for the analysis of mark making on portable artefacts in the British and Irish Neolithic by comparing them with other mark-making practices, including rock art and passage tomb art. The project used digital imaging techniques, including Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), and improved radiocarbon chronologies, to develop a new understanding of the character of mark making in the British and Irish Neolithic. Rather than considering this tradition in representational terms, as expression of human ideas, we focus on two kinds of relational material practices, the processes of marking and the production of skeuomorphs, and their emergent properties. We draw on Karen Barad's concept of ‘intra-action’ and Gilles Deleuze's notion of differentiation to understand the evolution and development of mark-making traditions and how they relate to other kinds of social practices over the course of the Neolithic.


Jones, A. M., & Díaz-Guardamino, M. (2022). Making a Mark: Process, Pattern and Change in the British and Irish Neolithic. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 32(3), 389-407.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 7, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 13, 2021
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Nov 22, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 22, 2021
Journal Cambridge Archaeological Journal
Print ISSN 0959-7743
Electronic ISSN 1474-0540
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Pages 389-407
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Copyright © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

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