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The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles$
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Ian Armit

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780748608584

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748608584.001.0001

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The Atlantic Roundhouses

The Atlantic Roundhouses

(p.109) 7 The Atlantic Roundhouses
The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles

Ian Armit

Edinburgh University Press

The Iron Age in Atlantic Scotland was characterised by the emergence of monumental Atlantic roundhouses including the well-known broch towers. These are among the best preserved settlements in Iron Age Europe, with complex drystone architecture. Key sites including Dun Carloway and Loch na Beirgh in Lewis are discussed. The chapter considers their architecture and the nature of the societies that built them.

Keywords:   Iron Age, Atlantic roundhouses, Broch towers, Dun Carloway, Loch na Beirgh

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