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The early prehistory of Scotland / edited by Tony Pollard and Alex Morrison

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Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2010]
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1 online resource (xii, 300 pages) : illustrations, maps, tables, photographs
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Includes chapter notes and bibliographic references at chapter ends.
'The northward march of Palaeolithic man in Britain' : an appreciation of Armand Donald Lacaille / Alex Morrison -- Part 1. The environmental background ; A Mesolithic of the western and northern isles of Scotland? Evidence from pollen and charcoal / Kevin J. Edwards -- Microscopic charcoal records, inferred human activity and climate change in the Mesolithic of northernmost Scotland / Richard Tipping -- Damp squib : how to fire a major deciduous forest in an inclement climate / Jenny Moore -- Climate change events as seen in the Greenland ice core (GISP2) : implications for the Mesolithic of Scotland / Paul A. Mayewski, Paul C. Buckland, Kevin J. Edwards, Loren D. Meeker, and Suzanne O'Brien -- Part 2. Regional studies ; Rivers, boundaries and change : a hypothesis of changing settlement patterns in the Mesolithic of northern England / Penny Spikins -- The contribution of Tom Affleck to the study of the Mesolithic of southwest Scotland / Kevin J. Edwards -- The southern Hebrides Mesolithic project : reconstructing Mesolithic settlement in western Scotland / Steven Mithen and Mark Lake -- Archaeology on the edge : learning to fend for ourselves / Peter C. Woodman --
Part 3. Marine adaptations ; It is the technical side of the work which is my stumbling block : a shell midden site on Risga reconsidered / Tony Pollard, John Atkinson, and Iain Banks -- The 'Obanian problem': coastal adaptation in the Mesolithic of western Scotland / Clive Bonsall -- Time and tide : coastal environments, cosmology and ritual practice in early prehistoric Scotland / Tony Pollard -- Part 4. Material culture ; Lacaille, microliths and the Mesolithic of Orkney / Alan Saville -- The rough and the smooth : axe polishers of the Middle Neolithic / Kevin J. Taylor -- Self and social identity : an analysis of the Mesolithic body adornment from the Scottish western isles / Biddy Simpson -- Mesolithic chipped stone assemblages : descriptive and analytical procedures used by the southern Hebrides Mesolithic project / Bill Finlayson, Nyree Finlay, and Steven Mithen -- Part 5. Social change ; The transition to agriculture 1 : introduction / Ian Armit and Bill Finlayson -- The transition to agriculture 2 : the basis for change / Bill Finlayson -- The transition to agriculture 3 : Scotland / Ian Armit -- Food for thought : material culture and the transformation in food use from the Mesolithic to Neolithic / Andrew Jones.
This book represents the first overview of current research into the early prehistory of northern Britain, and most particularly Scotland, since the publication of Lacaille's seminal Stone Age in Scotland in 1954. Many of the contributions included are papers presented at a conference marking the fortieth anniversary of Lacaille's publication, held at Glasgow University in October 1994. The aim of the conference to commemorate Lacaille's work, and to assess the advances made in the field of early prehistoric archaeology in Scotland. It was essential to bring together as many of those scholars working in the field as possible. The editors believe that this mixture has produced a work of considerable breadth, bringing together papers based on fieldwork and those demonstrating a more theoretical approach. Studies from outside Scotland are included but they maintain a northern focus. Much water has passed under the bridge since the appearance of Lacaille's book. A good many more sites have been discovered and excavated over the past forty years. Scientific techniques such as radiocarbon dating have been introduced and refined, and our understanding of prehistoric environmental conditions has advanced considerably. It is hoped that with the wide variety of papers presented, this volume goes some way towards giving shape and form to those who have for too long been the invisible people of Scottish prehistory.
In English.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 02. Mrz 2022).
Local Note
Prehistoric peoples -- Scotland.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Scotland.
Scotland -- Antiquities.
Scottish Studies.
Écosse -- Antiquités.
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / General.
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
Antiquities. (OCoLC)fst00810745
Excavations (Archaeology) (OCoLC)fst00917564
Prehistoric peoples. (OCoLC)fst01075242
Scotland. (OCoLC)fst01206715
Added Author
Pollard, Tony. editor, author.
Morrison, Alex. editor, author.
Standard No.
10.1515/9781474471725 doi