Historic Scotland Book of Scotland's First SettlersPaperback Historic Scotland Series
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- Publisher: Batsford Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 10mm | 440g
- Publication date: 3 January 1998
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0713473711
- ISBN 13: 9780713473711
- Edition statement: Reprinted edition
- Illustrations note: 100 b&w and 10 colour halftones
Scotland's first settlers arrived about 9000 years ago, once the land was freed from ice and after the climate had warmed. They hunted, fished and gathered from the coasts, rivers, forests and moorlands for roughly four millennia before farming became their way of life. This book discusses the evidence - archaeological, geological and environmental - that exists for this distant period, and uses it to reconstruct the lives of these ancient people: their houses, the tools they used, the clothes they wore and the relationship they had with the environment.
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Table of contents
Setting the scene; the formation and analysis of sites; locating, excavating and interpreting the evidence; the early human settlement of Britain; the Ice Age and after; the envirorunent of the early mesolithic settlers; settlement evidence: the lithic scatter sites; settlement evidence: island excavations; the artifact evidence; the end of an era; life in the mesolithic: the material world; life in the mesolithic: life and universe.