The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles

The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles

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By (author) Ian Armit

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  • Publisher: EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 0748606408
  • ISBN 13: 9780748606405
  • Illustrations note: 58 line drawings, 26 halftones, bibliography
  • Sales rank: 1,609,028

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From the Callanish stones and the great ritual monuments of the Neolithic, the broch towers and the wheelhouses of the Iron Age, through to the arrival of the Norse and the Lords of the Isles, this book explores the history of human settlement and society from the first hunter-gatherers to the Clearances. What emerges is a Hebridean archaeology as distinctive as those of Orkney and Wessex.

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Ian Armit is Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historical Scotland and author of "Beyond the Brochs."

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Armit is always clear and incisive ! he gives to the archaeology and history of Skye and the Western Isles a thoughtfulness and intellect that enhances our understanding of them. -- Mary Beith Armit presents a fascinating story of a rich archaeological heritage from Mesolithic hunter-gatherers to medieval Lord of the Isles. We find example after example of the kinds of sites that most archaeologists would give their eye-teeth to find. -- Dr Mike Park Essential for anybody living in or near, or regularly visiting, the area; but it is also recommended prior reading for anyone 'taking in the sites' for the first time. Armit is always clear and incisive ! he gives to the archaeology and history of Skye and the Western Isles a thoughtfulness and intellect that enhances our understanding of them. Armit presents a fascinating story of a rich archaeological heritage from Mesolithic hunter-gatherers to medieval Lord of the Isles. We find example after example of the kinds of sites that most archaeologists would give their eye-teeth to find. Essential for anybody living in or near, or regularly visiting, the area; but it is also recommended prior reading for anyone 'taking in the sites' for the first time.

Table of contents

The environment; hunters and gatherers; the first farmers; tombs and standing stones; beakers and bronze; the Atlantic roundhouses; wheelhouses; Picts and Scots; the Vikings; Lords of the Isles; tracing change.