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Scotland After the Ice Age Environment, Archaeology and History: 8000 BC-AD 1000

By: Kevin J Edwards(Editor), Ian BM Ralston(Editor)
331 pages, 113 illus
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Scotland After the Ice Age charts the environmental transformation of Scotland from the end of the ice age in an empty land 10,000 years ago to the Viking invasions of an established society 9,000 years later. When the icefields and glaciers disappeared forests covered the land and sea level rose to create the Hebridean islands. Elk, aurochs, bear, boar, red deer, beaver and horse crossed the land bridge from Europe to colonise the land, first followed by hunter gatherers and later by waves of Celts, Romans, Scots, and Normans, each marking the landscape in distinctive ways. Scotland After the Ice Age brings together environmental, ecological, historical, geological, and archaeological approaches to show how changing climatic conditions and this sequence of cultural impacts shaped the succession of Scottish landscapes which have led to its present unique, beautiful, fleeting forms and variety.

The seventeen authors are scholars from a range of fields, all writing for students and general readers. The first six chapters consider interactions of human ecology, climate, landscape, soils, vegetation and faunal change. The next seven are a chronological narrative history of Scotland's environment over 9,000 years. The final chapter unites these systematic and historical approaches.

Scotland After the Ice Age is extensively illustrated with maps and photographs. Scotland After the Ice Ageback edition includes a new and extensive guide to further reading.

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Kevin Edwards is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Aberdeen. He was previously Professor of Palaeoecology at the University of Sheffield. Ian Ralston is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

By: Kevin J Edwards(Editor), Ian BM Ralston(Editor)
331 pages, 113 illus
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Includes a welcome guide to the vast array of literature that has emerged since the mid-nineties! brings together environmental and archaeological approaches to shed very considerable light on Scotland's cultural landscapes. This volume is an important survey of an emerging science and as such has the potential to act as a stimulus for renewed and refocused research for years to come. The editors should be congratulated on the way in which they have undertaken their task, as the book is comprehensive, wide-ranging and well-organised. On the whole, it achieves its aims... The book is an impressive volume... indispensable. Includes a welcome guide to the vast array of literature that has emerged since the mid-nineties! brings together environmental and archaeological approaches to shed very considerable light on Scotland's cultural landscapes. This volume is an important survey of an emerging science and as such has the potential to act as a stimulus for renewed and refocused research for years to come. The editors should be congratulated on the way in which they have undertaken their task, as the book is comprehensive, wide-ranging and well-organised. On the whole, it achieves its aims... The book is an impressive volume... indispensable.

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