Industrial Glasgow M74

The Birth of Industrial Glasgow

The archaeology of the M74


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by Michael Nevell (edited by Andrea Smith and Frank Meddens)

“The vibrant world of industrial Glasgow… shows through this book on every page. Throughout the book there are features by specialists who explain and illustrate case studies and fascinating data sets in an easily understood style.”
Harold Mytum, University of Liverpool in British Archaeology

“Focusing on both the work and the workers’ lives makes this a well-rounded account of industrialisation in the city, and one that is well illustrated and firmly grounded in the physical remains.”
Review in Current Archaeology

“This book is an important milestone in the publication of the work done on large excavated industrial sites.”
Professor Marilyn Palmer, University of Leicester in Industrial Archaeology Review

“The book skilfully takes a multidisciplinary approach, is packed with information, is beautifully illustrated with drawings and photographs throughout, and will appeal to the professional and interested reader alike.”
Frank Coyne, The Journal of Irish Archaeology Volume XXV

Winner of the Association for Industrial Archaeology award for Best Commercial Publication, awarded at the AIA Conference 2017

Nominated for Current Archaeology’s Book of the Year 2018

The M74 Completion Project was of such a scale that no single publication can do it justice. A popular publication was produced in 2011 and several academic and specialist articles have been published, but this book gives the authoritative overview and synthesis of the project overall, and marks a milestone in studies of the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.

The excavations examined massive complexes such as the Govan Iron Works and the Caledonian Pottery as well as engineering works, foundries, lime works and a textile mill. Many different types of housing were also investigated, from purpose-built workers’ rows to ‘Greek’ Thomson tenements. The world-famous industrial might of Glasgow in the form of businesses large and small, wide-ranging and specialised, and the homes of the people involved, is here described in detail in the archaeological reports and set in context by the principal author Michael Nevell.

The project was a collaborative exercise between archaeologists, architectural and archival historians, with some vital information coming from the local community who participated in oral history recording sessions. Because of the massive size of the project innovative new methods had to be developed to render some aspects of the work possible. A series of feature articles highlight just some of the work of the many post-excavation specialists who studied the artefacts, products and manufacturing waste recovered from the excavations.

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland gratefully acknowledges funding towards the publication of this volume from Historic Environment Scotland.

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Weight 1.4 kg
Dimensions 24.5 x 2 x 30.8 mm


Number Of Pages





more than 130

Publication Date

8 July 2016


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