An Animate Landscape: Rock Art and the Prehistory of Kilmartin, Argyll, Scotland

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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...
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Overview

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. The book is richly illustrated with colour drawings and photographs done by a series of artists to produce a unique visual record of the rock art and its place in the landscape, alongside more traditional archaeological enquiry.
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Editorial Reviews

Current Archaeology - Dr Kate Sharpe
This book draws on the perspectives of multiple contributors, combining readable narrative, specialist analysis and provocative imagery. It moves British rock-art studies firmly beyond fundamental recording and speculative interpretations, presenting solid evidence and a strong model for future research.
European Journal of Archaeology - Sally M. Foster
'This is an enticing book... whose use of visual media I warmly commend.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905119417
  • Publisher: Windgather Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Encountering rock art (Andrew Jones)
2. From geology to microtopography: rock art and the rock surface (Andrew Jones and Richard Tipping)
3. Fieldwork and excavation at Torbhlaren: Tiger Rock (Andrew Jones, Davina Freedman, Fiona Gamble, Blaze O’Connor and Hugo Lamdin-Whymark)
4. Excavations at Torbhlaren: Lion Rock (Andrew Jones, Davina Freedman, Hugo Lamdin-Whymark and Blaze O’Connor)
5. Landscapes and landscape dynamics at Torbhlaren (Richard Tipping and Lucy Verrill with Stuart Morrison, Michael Burns and Jane Bunting)
6. Lithics, landscape and performance (Hugo Lamdin-Whymark)
7. Torbhlaren in context (Andrew Jones and Hugo Lamdin-Whymark)
8. Rock Art and the Kilmartin landscape (Davina Freedman, Andrew Jones and Paul Riggott)
9. An Animate Landscape I: rock art and the evolution of the Kilmartin landscape (Andrew Jones and Paul Riggott)
10. An Animate Landscape II: the sacred geography of prehistoric Kilmartin (Andrew Jones and Aaron Watson)
11. Kilmartin in context I: Kilmartin and the rock art of prehistoric Scotland (Davina Freedman)
12. Kilmartin in context II: connections with the wider world (Andrew Jones)
Coda: Animating landscapes (Andrew Jones)
Appendix A (Hugo Lamdin-Whymark)
Appendix B (Ben Pears and Richard Tipping)
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