Reviews of publications, including, but not restricted to, the Society's own publications, are published online free to view here. This digital format enables a more relaxed approach to particular styles or lengths of article, although we would ask authors to maintain, where possible, the same high standards and style as represented in the Style Guide for publishing other works with us.
Breeze, D J (2011) "The Frontiers of Imperial Rome", Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley, Hb, xxi, 242 p., rrp £25, ISBN 9781848844278
reviewed by Dr Philip Rance
Watson, A. 2012. “The Essential Gaelic-English, English-Gaelic Dictionary”, Edinburgh: Birlinn, xiv + 510 pp (hb). ISBN 978-1-84158-367-9, rrp £25. Reviewed by Fergus Cannan, Associate Curator, “Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum”
MacDonald, C; edited by Watts, John. 2011. “Moidart: Among the Clanranalds”, Edinburgh: Birlinn, xv + 254 pp, 9 black & white pls. (pb). ISBN 978-1-84158-984-8, rrp £9.99.
Reviewed by Fergus Cannan, Associate Curator, “Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum”
Breeze, D. 2008. "Edge of Empire: the Antonine Wall, Rome's Scottish Frontier", 128 page softback, many full colour plates and illustrations, Birlinn Ltd, rrp £14.99, ISBN: 9781841587370
reviewed by Dr. Philip Rance, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
"Studies in the Final Palaeolithic Settlement of the Great European Plain" by Kobusiewicz, M. and Kabacinski, J. (eds)07 Jun 2012
Kobusiewicz, M. and Kabaciński, J. (eds), 2007, "Studies in the Final Palaeolithic Settlement of the Great European Plain". Hb, 208pp, numerous figs, ISBN 978-83-89959-85-0, price unknown. Poznań: Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznań Branch & Poznań Prehistoric Society.
Reviewed by: Alan Saville, National Museums Scotland, June 2012
Marshall, Rosalind K. 2009 "St Giles’, The Dramatic Story of a Great Church and its People" Saint Andrew Press, 240pp, (pb) ISBN 978-0-715208-83-0, rrp £9.99.
Reviewed by Rev Gordon A Campbell, Honorary Church of Scotland Chaplain, University of Dundee
Morrison-Low, A D. 2010. “Northern Lights: The Age of Scottish Lighthouses” NMS Enterprises Limited for the National Museums Scotland and the Royal Scottish Society of Arts. (pb) ISBN 978-1-905267-47-7, rrp £17.99. (hb) ISBN 978-1-905267-57-6, rrp £25.00.
Reviewed by Mr Robert JC Mowat RD MA Dip Sci Arch FSA Scot, Dunfermline, Fife.
“Investigations in Sanday, Orkney Vol 2: Tofts Ness, Sanday, an island landscape through 3000 years of prehistory” by Stephen J Dockrill25 Jan 2011
Dockrill, SJ 2007 “Investigations in Sanday, Orkney Vol 2: Tofts Ness, Sanday, an island landscape through 3000 years of prehistory” The Orcadian Ltd and Historic Scotland, 417 pages, 288 illus, 83 tables, hardback RRP £38.50 ISBN 978 1 902957 28 9
reviewed by Dr Simon Gilmour FSA FSAScot MiFA
Geddes, G & Hale, A 2010, "The Archaeological Landscape of Bute" Edinburgh:RCAHMS, 53pp, colour illus, ISBN 978-1-902419-74-9, £7.50
reviewed by Dr Anna Ritchie OBE Hon.FSA Scot.
Caldwell, D H. 2008 "Islay - The Land of the Lordship" Birlinn Ltd., ISBN 978-1-8415-8358-7, 396pp, 52 photographic illustrations, £30 hardback reviewed by Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Barrow
“Land of Mountain and Flood. The Geology and Landforms of Scotland.” by A McKirdy, J Gordon & R Crofts.23 Jun 2010
McKirdy, A., Gordon, J. & Crofts, R. 2007. “Land of Mountain and Flood. The Geology and Landforms of Scotland.” Birlinn Ltd. ISBN 978-1841583570 . (Hard covers, some copies still available through specialist book suppliers) Now published (2009) as a paperback: ISBN 978-1841586267. £20.00 Reviewed by Alastair M D Gemmell.
Carver, M. 2008 "Portmahomack: Monastery of the Picts" Edinburgh University Press. (pb) ISBN 978-0-7486-2442-3, rrp £26.99 Reviewed by Dr Christopher Lowe, Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd
A Dunwell, and I Ralston, 2008 "Archaeology and Early History of Angus", Stroud: Tempus/The History Press, (pb) ISBN 978 0752441146, 188pp, 26 colour plates and 62 b&w figures. £17.99
Reviewed by Neil Wilkin, University of Birmingham, PhD candidate
Noble, G., Poller, T., Raven, J. & Verrill, L. (eds). 2008. "Scottish Odysseys: The Archaeology of Islands." Tempus. ISBN 978-0752441689. £18.99
Reviewed by Caroline Wickham-Jones
"Weights and Measures in Scotland: A European Perspective" by Connor, R, Simpson, A and edited by Morrison-Low, A04 Jun 2008
RD Connor, ADC Simpson, edited by AD Morrison-Low 2004 "Weights and Measures in Scotland: A European Perspective", Edinburgh: NMS Enterprises Ltd. & Tuckwell Press, ISBN 1901663884, 872pp, 8 colour and 315 b&w illustrations. £50.00
Reviewed by Aaron Allen, University of Edinburgh
Ingold, T. 2007 "Lines: a brief history" Routledge: London. ISBN 978-0-415-42427-1
Reviewed by Andrew Jones, Archaeology, University of Southampton
RCAHMS 2007 "In the Shadow of Bennachie: a field archaeology of Donside, Aberdeenshire" Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. ISBN 978-0-903903-46-2, 306 pp, numerous full-colour illus. £30; Fellows £27 +p&p
Reviewed by Ian Shepherd, Aberdeenshire Council
Coles, B.J. 2006 "Beavers in Britain’s Past" WARP Occasional Paper 19. Oxford: Oxbow. x+242 pages, 158 illustrations; ISBN 978-1-84217-2261, paperback £40.
Reviewed by Felix Riede, University College London
The Society has the following books awaiting review:
Bishop, MC 2012 Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses. Barnsley: Pen & Sword.
Breeze DJ 2014 Hadrian's Wall: A History of Archaeological Thought. Carlisle: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.
Coltman, V & Lloyd, S (eds.) 2012 Henry Raeburn: Context, Reception and Reputation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Cross, W 2012 Lordy! Tutankhamun's Patron as a Young Man. Newport: Book Midden Publishing.
Haynes, I 2013 Blood of the Provinces: The Roman Auxilia and the Making of Provincial Society from Augustus to the Severans. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ingemark, D 2014 Glass, Alcohol and Power in Roman Iron Age Scotland. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Enterprises.
Rodwell, W 2013 The Coronation Chair and Stone of Scone: History, Archaeology and Conservation. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
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