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The Neolithic of Mainland Scotland$
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Kenneth Brophy, Gavin MacGregor, and Ian B. M. Ralston

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748685721

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685721.001.0001

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‘Very real shared traditions’? Thinking about Similarity and Difference in the Construction and Use of Clyde Cairns in the Western Scottish Neolithic

‘Very real shared traditions’? Thinking about Similarity and Difference in the Construction and Use of Clyde Cairns in the Western Scottish Neolithic

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(p.41) Chapter 3 ‘Very real shared traditions’? Thinking about Similarity and Difference in the Construction and Use of Clyde Cairns in the Western Scottish Neolithic
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The Neolithic of Mainland Scotland
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Vicki Cummings

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685721.003.0003

In this paper, evidence for Neolithic activity in the western mainland of Scotland is explored, with a particular emphasis on megalithic monumentality and the archaeology of Argyll. This is a much under-studied area, and as the author notes, has as much if not more in common with the Neolithic or Ireland than of eastern Scotland. The paper draws on the author’s extensive fieldwork in the area including work on Bargrennan tombs and excavations at Blasthill. Monumentality, material culture and other aspects of Neolithic life in the western fringes of Scotland are explored in this important contribution to Neolithic studies in the Irish Sea zone.

Keywords:   Neolithic, Scotland, Ireland, Argyll, Chambered tombs

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