An animate landscape: rock art and the prehistory of Kilmartin, Argyll

Jones, Andrew Meirion, Freedman, Davina, O'Connor, Blaze and Lamdin-Whymark, Hugo (eds.) (2011) An animate landscape: rock art and the prehistory of Kilmartin, Argyll. Oxford, GB, Windgather Press, 400pp.


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Report on excavation, landscape survey and environmental reconstruction in the important prehistoric landscape of Kilmartin, Argyll, Scotland

The Kilmartin landscape in western Scotland is widely regarded as Scotland's richest prehistoric landscape. It contains a number of barrow cemeteries, stone alignments, stone circles and a henge. With over 250 individual rock art sites, it also has the greatest concentration of prehistoric rock art in the British Isles and some of the most impressive rock art sites. An Animate Landscape contains the results of a major research project that included excavations of two sites, Torbhlaren and Ormaig, and the analysis of radiocarbon dates to produce a more coherent chronological context, as well as taking a broader interpretative approach to the landscape. The book argues that the rock art is an active part of the process of socialising the landscape, in which the landscape became more organised from the Late Neolithic onwards, and that this organised landscape relates to broader cosmological concerns.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
ISBNs: 9781905119417 (paperback)
1905119410 (paperback)
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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 186667
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Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 15:32
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:38
Dating and analysis of British prehistoric rock art: the Kilmartin Valley project
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/F018010/1)
Led by: Andrew Jones
1 October 2008 to 30 September 2010

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