Rethinking Scotland's Neolithic: combining circumstance and context

Brophy, K. (2006) Rethinking Scotland's Neolithic: combining circumstance and context. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 136, pp. 7-46.

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In 1985, a seminal review of Scottish Neolithic studies from an outside perspective written by Ian Kinnes was published in these Proceedings. Kinnes’ paper offered a discussion of the state of knowledge of Scotland’s Neolithic at that time, reviewing 40 years of excavations results. He was also critical of, as he saw it, the parochial and derivative nature of Neolithic studies in Scotland. In this paper, written 20 years after Kinnes’ significant contribution, the response to this charge will be discussed. A review of major developments in Neolithic studies since 1985 has also been undertaken, the results of which are included here. The impact of developer-funded archaeology and aerial photography in particular has generated substantial amounts of new data not available to Kinnes; this data has been generated within a new theoretical climate in Neolithic studies, and this too will be addressed. Reviews of evidence for settlement and monuments are presented as case-studies to exemplify progress made since 1985.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Neolithic Scotland
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brophy, Dr Kenny
Authors: Brophy, K.
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
Publisher:Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

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