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Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History

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This story of early Scotland begins 10,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age when the familiar Scottish geography of mountains, glens, and rugged coasts evolved. It follows the movement of hunter-gatherers north, the growth of fishing, the establishment of farming. The author also covers cultural evolution in Scotland '" the roles played by megalith builders, Celts, Picts, and others.

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Moffat has written an engaging history of the earliest peoples, geology, and events of Scotland, describing and interpreting archaeology there and at connected settlements on the Continent. Readers will come away with a vivid sense of the lives, food, habitation, boats, battles, land, and society of Scotland from the 6th millennium BC to the early Middle Ages. Two sets of color plates and frequent inset boxes with comparative material from other early civilizations are included.
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Alistair Moffat's gripping narrative begins 10,000 years ago, when the power of icebreak and meltwater at the close of the Ice Age produced the familiar Scottish geography of mountains, glens, flatlands and rugged coasts. As the permafrost gave way to vegetation, herding animals moved north, closely followed by bands of hunters. In fact, modern DNA studies show that almost eighty percent of the present population of Britain are the direct descendants of these first bunter gatherer fishers. By 3800 BC farmers had become established, creating remarkable timber halls whose remains have newly come to light and later the great standing stones at Callanish, the Ring of Brodgar and elsewhere. And by the first millennium BC a sophisticated Celtic culture animated the whole island, reemerging in the fifth century AD after the brutal Roman occupation. In the north of Scotland, Pietish culture flourished. Seen against the continuum of 8,000 years of prehistory, the Piets appear less mysterious, their beautiful, unique symbol stones forming a late sequence in a long tradition of sanctity. North Britain began to change into Scotland with the success of the Gaelic kings of Argyll the name "Scot" originally meant a seaborne raider or pirate. By AD 900 King Constantine II had consolidated the ambitions of the Scots and created the basis of the polity that has come down to us. One of the pleasures of this outstanding book is the light touch with which the author displays his breadth of knowledge interweaving the main narrative with discussion of intriguing, often quirky topics such as cave drawings of dancing girls, natural birth control, the myth of Atlantis and the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence.

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The author also covers cultural evolution in Scotland '" the roles played by megalith builders, Celts, Picts, and others.

Synopsis:

Dramatic geological events and impressive human endeavor--a revealing history of the land that became Scotland. The book begins 10,000 years ago, when the close of the Ice Age produced the familiar Scottish geography, and traces the rise of Celtic and Pictish cultures. Book-of-the-Month, History, and Discovery Channel Book clubs.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500051337
Author:
Moffat, Alistar
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Author:
Moffat, Alistair
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - Scotland
Subject:
Scotland History To 1057.
Subject:
Scotland Antiquities.
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
World History-Scotland and Wales
Subject:
World History-England General
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.48x6.48x1.39 in. 1.92 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Archaeology » British Isles
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
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History and Social Science » World History » Scotland and Wales

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"Synopsis" by , Alistair Moffat's gripping narrative begins 10,000 years ago, when the power of icebreak and meltwater at the close of the Ice Age produced the familiar Scottish geography of mountains, glens, flatlands and rugged coasts. As the permafrost gave way to vegetation, herding animals moved north, closely followed by bands of hunters. In fact, modern DNA studies show that almost eighty percent of the present population of Britain are the direct descendants of these first bunter gatherer fishers. By 3800 BC farmers had become established, creating remarkable timber halls whose remains have newly come to light and later the great standing stones at Callanish, the Ring of Brodgar and elsewhere. And by the first millennium BC a sophisticated Celtic culture animated the whole island, reemerging in the fifth century AD after the brutal Roman occupation. In the north of Scotland, Pietish culture flourished. Seen against the continuum of 8,000 years of prehistory, the Piets appear less mysterious, their beautiful, unique symbol stones forming a late sequence in a long tradition of sanctity. North Britain began to change into Scotland with the success of the Gaelic kings of Argyll the name "Scot" originally meant a seaborne raider or pirate. By AD 900 King Constantine II had consolidated the ambitions of the Scots and created the basis of the polity that has come down to us. One of the pleasures of this outstanding book is the light touch with which the author displays his breadth of knowledge interweaving the main narrative with discussion of intriguing, often quirky topics such as cave drawings of dancing girls, natural birth control, the myth of Atlantis and the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence.
"Synopsis" by , The author also covers cultural evolution in Scotland '" the roles played by megalith builders, Celts, Picts, and others.
"Synopsis" by , Dramatic geological events and impressive human endeavor--a revealing history of the land that became Scotland. The book begins 10,000 years ago, when the close of the Ice Age produced the familiar Scottish geography, and traces the rise of Celtic and Pictish cultures. Book-of-the-Month, History, and Discovery Channel Book clubs.
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