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    DescriptionThis is an account of the Neolithic period in Scotland from its earliest traces around 4000 BC to the transformation of Neolithic society in the Early Bronze Age fifteen hundred years later. Gordon Noble inteprets Scottish material in the context of debates and issues in European archaeology, comparing sites and practices identified in Scotland to those found elsewhere in Britain and beyond. He considers the nature and effects of memory, sea and land travel, ritualisation, island identities, mortuary practice, symbolism and environmental impact. He synthesises excavations and research conducted over the last century and more, bringing together the evidence for understanding what happened in Scotland during this long period. His long-term and regionally based analysis suggests new directions for the interpretation of the Neolithic more generally. After outlining the chronology of the Neolithic in Europe Dr Noble considers its origins in Scotland. He investigates why the Earlier Neolithic in Scotland is characterised by regionally-distinct monumental traditions and asks if these reflect different conceptions of the world. He uses a long-term perspective to explain the nature of monumental landscapes in the Later Neolithic and considers whether Neolithic society as a whole might have been created and maintained through interactions at places where large-scale monuments were built. He ends by considering how the Neolithic was transformed in the Early Bronze Age through the manipulation of the material remains of the past. Neolithic Scotland provides a comprehensive, approachable and up-to-date account of the Scottish Neolithic. Such a book has not been available for many years. It will be widely welcomed.


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    Title
    Neolithic Scotland
    Subtitle
    Timber, Stone, Earth and Fire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gordon Noble
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 556 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780748623389
    ISBN 10: 0748623388
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: HDDA
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    BISAC V2.8: HIS018000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    DC22: 936.1101
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    LC classification: DA777.3 .N63 2006
    Thema V1.0: NKD
    Illustrations note
    75 black & white line drawings, 10 black & white halftones, 75 black and white line drawings and 10 black and white halftones.
    Publisher
    EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    11 October 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Gordon Noble holds a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow. His Aberdeen undergraduate MA was in the history of art. He has an MA (2001) and PhD (2004) in archaeology from University College. London, and Reading respectively. He has published in World Archaeology and contributed to three books on the neolithic in Britain.
    Review quote
    This comprehensive study deserves a wide-readership.--Paul B. Harvey, Jr."Scotia" (01/01/0001)
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations; Preface; 1 Introduction: Scotland in the Neolithic; 2 Islands in the fastlane: the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition; 3 Burning down the house: the destruction of timber; structures; 4 Planting trees, planting people: long and round barrows; In eastern Scotland and beyond; 5 Megalithic (big-stone) architecture in Atlantic Scotland; 6 The emergence of monument complexes; 7 The architecture of monumental landscapes; 8 The Early Bronze Age: deconstructing and; rebuilding the past; 9 Conclusions; Bibliography.