Issue: The lands of Ancient Lothian

Subtitle interpreting the archaeology of the A1
Publication Type
Abstract Presents the story of human practice at eleven archaeological sites excavated during upgrading of the A1 between Haddington and Dunbar, and attempts to place them in the context of their contemporary inhabited landscapes. The sites ranged in date from the early fourth millennium BC to the early first millenium AD.
Author Gavin MacGregor
Editor Olivia Lelong
Publisher Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Year of Publication 2008
Number of Pages: 334
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URL: http://www.socantscot.org/partnumber.asp?pnid=168434
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Abstract
Olivia Lelong
Gavin MacGregor
1 - 13
Describes the background to the A1 upgrading project and its archaeological component. Maps and an overview of the geology, human occupation, and key surface features are provided. The excavations carried out are briefly described, and the theoretical background to the monograph is discussed.
Gavin MacGregor
Kirsteen McLellan
15 - 45
Presents the results of excavation and specialist post-excavation analysis at the sites and considers the implications of the similarities between them.
Alan Saville
18
Jennifer J Miller
Susan Ramsay
43
Ingrid Shearer
Kirsteen McLellan
47 - 68
Discusses pit alignments and enclosures at the sites, arguing that at both places activities focused on defining and dividing space in both linear and circular arrangements for ceremonial or symbolic purposes. Argues that the acts that created these boundaries were as important as the spaces that they defined. Examines the construction and use of these monuments and suggests what they might have represented to those who built and used them.
Ingrid Shearer
55
Ingrid Shearer
58
Gavin MacGregor
Eland Stuart
69 - 98
Examines the changing nature of deposition during the period and the various contexts in which it took place.
Alan Saville
77
Alan Saville
89
Gavin MacGregor
99 - 118
Examines the variations in ceremonial activities involving the dead at the two sites, and considers what those acts of deposition meant.
Catherine Smith
104
Dawn McLaren
107
Alison Sheridan
108
Alison Sheridan
110
Lorna Innes
119 - 145
Discusses the evidence for the various types of human settlement during the period.
Catherine Smith
127 - 128
Jennifer J Miller
Susan Ramsay
137
Olivia Lelong
147 - 197
Draws together various lines of evidence to create a picture of the development of the farm over five centuries.
Ann MacSween
150
Dawn McLaren
Fraser Hunter
161
Fraser Hunter
170
Fraser Hunter
178
Gavin MacGregor
199 - 220
Explores changes in social structure and strategies for subsistence during the period, setting sites excavated in their geographical context. Argues that during the early fourth millennium BC, a society emerged bound by certain strict conventional practices.
Olivia Lelong
204
Alison Sheridan
213
Gavin MacGregor
221 - 2347
Considers the evidence from Knowes, Overhailes, Eweford West, and Pencraig Wood, as well as other sites in the wider region, under the theme of dwelling and division as they relate to how people defined, modified and used space. The creation and maintenance of social identities is also considered.
231
Gavin MacGregor
235
Olivia Lelong
239 - 268
Summarises the evidence for settlement and other activity in the Lothians, setting it in chronological order using the available dating evidence. Compiles a picture of farming and social life at these sites, and further interprets the evidence for daily, seasonal, and annual routines to understand the role of social memory and the nature of ritual thought in later prehistoric Lothian.
Olivia Lelong
248
Dawn McLaren
Fraser Hunter
Andrew Heald
258 - 260
Fraser Hunter
261 - 262
Olivia Lelong
269 - 280
Discusses common concerns and themes identified over the 8,000 years covered by the project, in particular considering: sites of remembrance; means of marking the passage of time; and the importance of fire.
Jennifer J Miller
Susan Ramsay
275
Olivia Lelong
276
281 - 289
Tables listing the various specialist reports available from the National Monuments Record of Scotland.