by Anna Ritchie
The fertile island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides has been a focus for human settlement since earliest times. On its north coast, the sandy grasslands of the Ardnave peninsula were particularly attractive, and excavations at Kilellan have yielded evidence of intermittent activities spanning some seven thousand years from Mesolithic times to the Early Historic period. This was the work principally of Colin Burgess, and it produced important collections of Mesolithic flintwork and Early Bronze Age pottery, as well as traces of round houses and an intact Middle Iron Age souterrain.
Dr Anna Ritchie is a consultant archaeologist and a past President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. She has served as a Trustee of both the National Museums of Scotland and the British Museum.
The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland gratefully acknowledges funding towards the publication of this volume from Historic Scotland.