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Caithness Archaeology

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Introduces the reader to aspects of one of the richest, and least-known, cultural landscapes in Europe. An inspiring source for the study of people and place over time.

Caithness Archaeology

Author : A. Heald
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Caithness, the most northerly county in mainland Britain, is one of the richest cultural landscapes in Europe. The relative geographical isolation of the area, traditional landholding and the survival of large estates, combined with the use of flagstone as the main building material since earliest times, has ensured the survival of a wide range of monuments in a profusion unequalled elsewhere in Scotland. th In the 19 century, Caithness was at the forefront of archaeological endeavours with many sites central to our understanding of Scottish prehistory. Since then, despite intermittent activity, the archaeology of Caithness has become somewhat marginalised and there is a perception that there are only a handful of archaeological sites for visitors to enjoy and the archaeologist to uncover and interpret. However, the county is full of hidden riches and traces of the past are visible everywhere. Caithness is dominated by landscapes rich in archaeological remains of all periods; chambered cairns, stone settings, brochs, Pictish settlements, wags, castles, harbours and post-medieval settlement, amongst many others. The authors have presented a cross section of these monument types in an attempt to re-centre the county in archaeological and early historical narratives. For the last decade, the authors have been involved in a range of heritage projects in the county, thus allowing them time to discover, observe and consider its archaeology. Their peregrinations provided opportunities for deeper contemplation of the county's archaeology, the result of which is presented in some new interpretations and perspectives which convey the excitement of working on heritage in Caithness. Readership: this will be of great interest to all archaeologists, from enthusiasts to students and professionals. It will also appeal to visitors who are interested in the archaeological heritage and history of the county.

Current Archaeology

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Archaeological Excavations at Tullahedy County Tipperary

Author : Rose M. Cleary
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The results of a 2006-7 archeological investigation, which found Neolithic activity dating to 3670 BC, as well as remains of other activity since then. A significant contribution to archology in Ireland.

The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland

Author : Sir Daniel Wilson
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The zeal for Archæological investigation which has recently manifested itself in nearly every country of Europe, has been traced, not without reason, to the impulse which proceeded from Abbotsford. Though such is not exactly the source which we might expect to give birth to the transition from profitless dilettantism to the intelligent spirit of scientific investigation, yet it is unquestionable that Sir Walter Scott was the first of modern writers "to teach all men this truth, which looks like a truism, and yet was as good as unknown to writers of history and others, till so taught,—that the bygone ages of the world were actually filled by living men." If, however, the impulse to the pursuit of Archæology as a science be thus traceable to our own country, neither Scotland nor England can lay claim to the merit of having been the first to recognise its true character, or to develop its fruits. The spirit of antiquarianism has not, indeed, slumbered among us. It has taken form in Roxburgh, Bannatyne, Abbotsford, and other literary Clubs, producing valuable results for the use of the historian, but limiting its range within the Medieval era, and abandoning to isolated labourers that ampler field of research which embraces the prehistoric period of nations, and belongs not to literature but to the science of Nature. It was not till continental Archæologists had shewn what legitimate induction is capable of, that those of Britain were content to forsake laborious trifling, and associate themselves with renewed energy of purpose to establish the study on its true footing as an indispensable link in the circle of the sciences. Amid the increasing zeal for the advancement of knowledge, the time appears to have at length come for the thorough elucidation of Primeval Archæology as an element in the history of man. The British Association, expressly constituted for the purpose of giving a stronger impulse and a more systematic direction to scientific inquiry, embraced within its original scheme no provision for the encouragement of those investigations which most directly tend to throw light on the origin and progress of the human race. Physical archæology was indeed admissible, in so far as it dealt with the extinct fauna of the palæontologist; but it was practically pronounced to be without the scientific pale whenever it touched on that portion of the archæology of the globe which comprehends the history of the race of human beings to which we ourselves belong. A delusive hope was indeed raised by the publication in the first volume of the Transactions of the Association, of one memoir on the contributions afforded by physical and philological researches to the history of the human species,—but the ethnologist was doomed to disappointment. During several annual meetings, elaborate and valuable memoirs, prepared on various questions relating to this important branch of knowledge, and to the primeval population of the British Isles, were returned to their authors without being read. This pregnant fact has excited little notice hitherto; but when the scientific history of the first half of the nineteenth century shall come to be reviewed by those who succeed us, and reap the fruits of such advancement as we now aim at, it will not be overlooked as an evidence of the exoteric character of much of the overestimated science of the age. Through the persevering zeal of a few resolute men of distinguished ability, ethnology was at length afforded a partial footing among the recognised sciences, and at the meeting of the Association to be held at Ipswich in 1851, it will for the first time take its place as a distinct section of British Science.

Freswick Links Caithness

Author : Colleen E. Batey
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Excavations at Crosskirk Broch Caithness

Author : Horace Fairhurst
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Arctic Archaeology

Author : Peter Rowley-Conwy
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Examining human occupation of the arctic and subarctic zones, irrespective of place and time, this book explores a wide variety of fascinating areas and inhabitants along several points in history. Beautifully illustrated, Arctic Archaeology is essential reading for all those curious about how organisms survived in this life threatening environment.

Scotland Archaeology and Early History

Author : Ritchie J N Graham Ritchie
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Scotland is unusually rich in field monuments and objects surviving from early times. This comprehensive survey of Scotland's prehistoric and early historic archaeology covers the full chronological range from the earliest inhabitants to the union of the Picts and Scots in AD 843. Fully illustrated throughout, this book will help both students and visitors to monuments to understand the lifestyles of Scotland's early societies.

International Congress of Prehistoric Arch ology

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The Chambered Cairns of Caithness

Author : James L. Davidson
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The Caithness cairns have been resurveyed since they were decsribed in the long out-of-print first volume of Audrey Henshall's The Chambered Tombs of Scotland . This volume provides a detailed and up-to-date account of the seventy eight Neolithic chambered cairns known in Caithness and a full description of their contents. The book begins with an introduction to the Caithness cairns and an interpretation of their significance.

From Cornwall to Caithness

Author : Norman Victor Quinnell
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Twenty-five papers presented to Norman Quinnell. Their common theme, appropriately, is field survey. They range from reviews of past fieldwork, from Aubrey onwards, to surveys of particular sites, mostly earthworks: pre-historic in Cornwall, Somerset, Hampshire; hillforts etc. in Cheshire, Sutherland and Caithness Northumberland; mottes and medieval earthworks in Dorset, Berkshire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire; gardens in Shropshire; the defences of Bristol and St Mary's, the Isles of Scilly etc.

Studies in Insular Art and Archaeology

Author : Catherine E. Karkov
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This volume inaugurates a new series of American Early Medieval Studies. Amongst the areas covered are: the decoration of wooden architecture; Picts and Vikings in northern Scotland; Irish medieval lake dwellings; Irish and Viking age coinage; and metalwork.

The Industrial Archaeology of Scotland The highlands and islands

Author : John R. Hume
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In the Shadow of the Brochs

Author : Beverley Ballin Smith
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In this work, 20 leading Scottish authorities and new researchers on the Iron Age provide a wide-ranging account of our present knowledge of the period.

Scotland Archaeology and Early History

Author : James Neil Graham Ritchie
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Scotland is unusually rich in field monuments and objects surviving from early times. This comprehensive survey of Scotland's prehistoric and early historic archaeology covers the full chronological range from the earliest inhabitants to the union of the Picts and Scots in AD 843. Fully illustrated throughout, this book will help both students and visitors to monuments to understand the lifestyles of Scotland's early societies.

Journal of the British Archaeological Association

Author : British Archaeological Association
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Exploring Caithness

Author : Caithness & Sutherland Access to Archaeology Project
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British Archaeological Abstracts

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A New Bibliography of the County of Caithness

Author : John Mowat
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