n.a., (1990). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 120. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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David Lowenthal
1 - 6
A short essay on the problems with the way in which the British heritage is seen and used, concentrating on two particular traits, its overwhelming national emphasis and its venerable continuity. Au(adp)
Susan Searight
7 - 16
A small flint-workers' site on the east coast of North Jura - assigned to Jura's Phase 2 - provided interesting vegetational information in addition to confirming Mesolithic activity in the area. A golden bark layer (probably alder) directly overlay the occupation layer, which itself yielded a carbonised pear-like fruit-pip. Pollen analysis of the overlying peat showed clear traces of human influence on the vegetation from the beginning of the peat formation (probably Late Sub-Boreal). Au
Gordon J Barclay
17 - 32
Miss Kennedy's brief summary report is transcribed. Contemporary drawings and photographs are reproduced and set in context. There is a brief discussion on the tidying and reconstruction of the monument and of the significance of Miss Kennedy's results. Au
D D A Simpson
John M Coles
33 - 44
The site is defined by a series of pits and scoops dug into a gravel terrace. Two phases of activity are represented, a Late Neolithic phase with pottery deposited, perhaps ritually, in a number of pits and a subsequent Early Bronze Age flat cemetery containing urned and simple cremation deposits. Includes a report on the cremations by C B Denston. Au
I A Simpson
Gordon J Barclay
Myra Tolan-Smith
45 - 53
A small part of the terrace edge enclosure at North Mains was excavated to test the hypothesis that it was contemporary with one or other of the Neolithic/Early Bronze Age ceremonial monuments immediately to the north. Two cropmark ditches and an entrance through them were confirmed by excavation. The inner ditch was very steep sided; postholes were found on the inner edge of both ditches. Possible postholes were also noted on the outer edge of the outer ditch. Traces of a number of structures were located in the interior, including what may be the slight wall-trench of a circular house. The results of radiocarbon dating may suggest that the ditch was dug in the second millennium bc, while at least one of the structures in the interior was in use in the late first millennium bc. A comment on the radiocarbon dates is provided by John Barber (50--1). An appendix gives details of the `Identification of charcoal from North Mains' by Coralie Mills (52--3). Au
David J Breeze
55 - 60
The lack of place-names in Ptolemy's Geography north and west of the Great Glen suggests that Agricola did not penetrate into these areas. The location of the place-names in the territory of the Vacomagi suggests that he may have marched back from Mons Graupius through the Spey and Tay valleys. Au
John C Mann
61 - 62
Scotland is misaligned on Ptolemy's map because it was believed that life would be impossible north of 63 #N. Au
R M Spearman
Paul Wilthew
63 - 77
An attempt to clarify when and where at Helmsdale the remarkable group of copper alloy bowls and strainers were found. The bowls are described and discussed, along with the results of analysis of their composition. It appears likely that the bowls consist of a mixture of Continental and British pieces, some manufactured in the later second century AD. Others may be later than this and it is quite possible that the group was not deposited until the third or perhaps even the fourth century AD. Au
R M Spearman
Caroline Earwood
79 - 94
Excavations in 1960 led to the discovery of a large number of wooden artefacts. These include a diverse range of containers, pegs, pins, spatulae, handles, and tools as well as parts of structures and other worked wood. The material, which has remained largely unpublished, provides an insight into domestic life in Scotland in the sixth/eighth centuries AD as well as further information on both contemporary woodworking techniques and the movement of goods and/or ideas. Au
Caroline Earwood
Leslie Alcock
Elizabeth A Alcock
95 - 149
As part of a long-term programme of research on historically documented fortifications, excavations were carried out in 1974--75 at Dumbarton Castle, anciently known as Alt Clut or Clyde Rock. These disproved the hypothesis that a nuclear fort, after the pattern of Dunadd or Dundurn, could be identified on the Rock, but revealed a timber-and-rubble defence of Early Historic date overlooking the isthmus which links the Rock to the mainland. Finds of especial interest include the northernmost examples of imported Mediterranean amphorae of the sixth century AD, and fragments from at least six glass vessels of Germanic manufacture. Discussion centres on early medieval harbour sites and trade in northern and western Britain. A detailed excavation record and finds catalogue is located on microfiche. Appendices include a `Gazetteer of coastal and inland sites, AD 450--850' (130--8), `The recovery rate of B1 amphora sherds' (138--9), and `Early medieval sculpture at Dumbarton' by John Higgitt (139--42). Au
Leslie Alcock
Kate Gordon
151 - 160
In 1958, a field survey on the west coast of Islay produced a series of artefacts which suggest that there had been a rich female Viking burial on the site. Possible grave goods included two oval brooches, beads, spindle whorl, knives, sickle and the socket of a weaving batten. An ornamental buckle loop found at the site in 1978 may also belong to the grave, which appears to date to the late-ninth or tenth century AD. Au
J D Bateson
P Stott
161 - 168
A find of one hundred and fifty Scottish and English silver coins provides a valuable and fully documented addition to the small number of coin hoards attributable to the reign of Robert II. Au
Jonathan Wordsworth
169 - 171
A clearance excavation in an L-shaped tower-house prior to masonry consolidation was undertaken to attempt to examine and interpret the entrance into the tower. Extensive stone-robbing frustrated this aim, but a stone-lined chamber cut into the bedrock beneath the floor of the main cellar was found. The function of this chamber remains uncertain. MH
Roger Leitch
173 - 188
George R Dalgleish
189 - 200
David V Clarke
201 - 224
Martin Gojda
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