Mesolithic Scotland and Its Neighbours: The Early Holocene Prehistory of Scotland, Its British and Irish Context, and Some Northern European Perspectives

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Alan Saville
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2004 - Excavations (Archaeology) - 458 pages
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In 1999 the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland organised a conference in Edinburgh in 1999 in order to raise the profile of the Mesolithic in Scotland whilst stressing its place within the wider context of Mesolithic archaeology in northern Europe. This volume presents the proceedings. Twenty-three papers focus in turn on Scotland and its setting, the archaeology of Scotland, Britain and Ireland and northern Europe. Drawing on the latest archaeological and environmental evidence, the papers discuss, for example: Scotland's physical environment after the ice; vegetation change in the early Holocene; mammals and Mesolithic middens; early foragers; coastal occupation; material culture; structural evidence; the Mesolithic on the Isle of Man; the Mesolithic in Ireland, Wales and England; burials and cemeteries in southern Scandinavia; Danish shell middens; the material culture of southern Norway; peat-bog sites in Poland. Each section is followed by a discussion.

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Contents

Paraglacial and Postglacial Evolution of the Physical Environment of Scotland
27
Interpretative Issues Concerning the Driving Forces of Vegetation Change in the Early Holocene
45
Palaeoenvironments of the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Periods in Scotland and
55
a Comparison of the Fossil and Archaeological Records
73
Dating Forager Communities in Scotland
83
A Date List to October 2002 for Early Foragers in Scotland
95
Discussion
159
The Material Culture of Mesolithic Scotland
185
an Island Perspective
271
Reviewing Aspects of the Mesolithic Period in Ireland
285
Wales During the Mesolithic Period
299
Current Perspectives and New Research
339
Discussion
359
with Special Reference to Burials and Cemeteries
371
Danish Shell Middens Reviewed
393
Material Culture and Chronology
413

Function Value DecisionMaking and Landscapes
221
Structural Evidence in the Scottish Mesolithic
229
TheMesolithic Experiencein Scotland
243
Discussion
261
The Mesolithic Period in Poland as Seen From the Perspective of PeatBog Sites
439
Discussion
451
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