chapter  4
BODY AND SOUL
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Megalithic chambers in northern Europe contain human remains, even if the frequency of preservation is low, and uneven from one area to the next. Moreover the ambiguity of some burial deposits tends to raise questions rather than provide answers. But megaliths are also burial monuments that featured in the wider social realm of the Neolithic communities. Indeed, as we have already noted in Chapter 1, apart from burials the earliest monumental structures of the TRB – the earthen long barrows – had already provided a focus for many other activities, perhaps only obliquely associated with burial ritual per se.