Issue: Scotland in Ancient Europe

Subtitle the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Scotland in their European context
Publication Type
Editor Ian A G Shepherd
Gordon J Barclay
Publisher Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Year of Publication 2004
Number of Pages: 342
ISBN 0903903318
Source biab_online
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Richard Bradley
2 - 11
Overview of Piggott's career, addressing various criticisms that have been made, and making a brief comparison with Gordon Childe.
Ian Ralston
Vincent V S Megaw
13 - 27
Overview of Piggott's career and personal life, quoting extensively from his poetry.
Gordon J Barclay
31 - 44
Presents a brief history of how broader narratives of the Neolithic in Scotland developed during the 20th century, and considers radical change since the 1970s.
David V Clarke
45 - 54
Argues that the narratives used to describe Neolithic Scotland are all invented elsewhere, often in England, and that Scotland has generally been treated in an overly-homogeneous fashion in these narratives. Uses various case-studies to illustrate the issues arising from this.
Kevin J Edwards
55 - 69
Discusses landscape change, both natural and anthropogenic, during the period.
Richard Tipping
Eileen Tisdall
71 - 81
Considers the impact of climate change as a stress on Neolithic and Bronze Age communities, reviewing the evidence for intensifying climatic variability and extremes during this period and suggesting that socio-economic transformations were influenced by these stresses.
Michael P Richards
83 - 90
Overview of the contributions made my DNA analysis, stable isotope analysis, and pottery residue analysis.
Graeme Warren
91 - 102
Examines shifts in material culture and in the definition of place through subsistence practice and architecture to discuss what 'the start of the Neolithic in Scotland' was.
Eoin Grogan
103 - 114
Overview of the evidence, discussing occupation capacity, settlement complexes, house form, chronology, and the possible connection between houses and tombs.
Magdalena S Midgley
115 - 124
Overview of settlement during the later sixth and fifth millennia BC.
Patrick J Ashmore
125 - 136
Presents a selection of chronological patterns relevant to the fourth and third millennia BC in Scotland, provided from radiocarbon dates.
Ian A Kinnes
139 - 142
Looks at Scottish monuments within their European context.
Kenneth Brophy
143 - 154
Discusses the relationship between monuments and landscape from the perspective of the twenty-first century.
Alex M Gibson
155 - 169
Discusses the possible meanings of the high levels of visibility of many Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments within the landscape. Briefly discusses the later visibility/invisibility of these sites and the effects this has had on our conceptions of this period of history.
Julian Thomas
171 - 178
Attempts to define ritual, then goes on to discuss issues of ritual and identity in Neolithic Scotland.
Joanna Brück
179 - 188
Assesses the direction that research on Scottish Early Bronze Age funerary rites has taken in recent years, and compares and contrasts these briefly with contemporary burial practices in neighbouring areas of north-west Europe.
Gabriel Cooney
191 - 203
Focusses on the places where axeheads (and other objects) were produced, noting the problems with the anachronistic term 'axe factories', and discussing these sites as important places in their own right, as well as sites of production of important objects.
Brendan O C O'Connor
205 - 216
Overview of early copper and gold artefacts found in Scotland.
C Stephen Briggs
214 - 216
Stuart P Needham
217 - 245
Discusses the Migdale-Marnoch tradition of bronze-working, reviewing the existing literature, then discussing the various categories of artefact (flat axes, flat riveted daggers, halberds, bracelets, and stone casting moulds). The cultural background of the tradition is discussed, as are the possible ideological underpinnings of the use of tin.
Trevor G Cowie
247 - 261
Reviews some of the ways in which an engagement with the context of Bronze Age metalwork can be developed, in the light of non-funerary finds of bronze metalwork from Scotland.
Alison Sheridan
Andrew J Shortland
263 - 279
Summarises the results of a current National Museums of Scotland-lead collaborative project on Early Bonze Age faience jewellery in Britain, Ireland and adjacent areas of mainland north-west Europe, attempting to demonstrate that the use of this material in Scotland can only be understood by examining the social and economic dynamics of a much larger area. Also attempts to correct the misconception that faience was introduced to Britain around 1400BC by 18th-Dynasty Egyptian or Mycenaean traders.
Roger J Mercer
283 - 293
Roger J Mercer
295 - 304
Discusses the doors in their architectural and historical context.
305 - 309
Presents papers from a 2003 conference dedicated to the memory of Stuart Piggott (1910-1996). PP-B