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Excavations of a wheelhouse and other Iron Age structures at Sollas, North Uist, by R.J.C. Atkinson on 1957

Campbell, E. (1991) Excavations of a wheelhouse and other Iron Age structures at Sollas, North Uist, by R.J.C. Atkinson on 1957. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 121 . pp. 117-173. ISSN 0081-1564

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Abstract

The rescue excavations at Sollas, North Uist, in 1957 investigated a well-preserved Iron Age wheelhouse and a more ruinous circular building. Large quantities of decorated pottery were recovered from stratified contexts, enabling a sequence of forms and decorative motifs to be put forward. The construction of the wheelhouse can be shown from a series of radiocarbon measurements and artefacts to date to the first or second century AD, providing a fixed point in the much debated Hebridean pottery sequence and in the development of Hebridean roundhouses. Beneath the wheelhouse floors were a large number of pits, many containing articulated, dismembered or cremated animal burials, attesting to ritual practices. The site, which is the first wheelhouse excavation to be published for twenty years, has important implications for the structure, chronology and function of wheelhouses in the Hebridean Iron Age.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:With contributions by Judith Finlay and Julian Henderson
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Campbell, Dr Ewan
Authors: Campbell, E.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
ISSN:0081-1564
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