Category Archives: Book Reviews

“Reindeer Hunters at Howburn Farm, South Lanarkshire” by Torben Bjarke Ballin

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Reindeer Hunters at Howburn Farm, South Lanarkshire by Torben Bjarke Ballin, Alan Saville, Richard Tipping, Tam Ward, Rupert Housley, Lucy Verrill, Matthew Bradley, Clare Wilson, Paul Lincoln and Alison MacLeod, Archaeopress: Oxford, 2018. Hardback. 124 pages, 47 illustrations, 25 tables (13 plates in colour). ISBN 9781784919016. E-publication ISBN 9781784919023. Reviewed by Caroline Wickham-Jones. Many people…

 

“The Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Visual Culture c.350-1050” by Michelle Brown

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The Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Visual Culture c.350-1050 by Michelle Brown, Bodleian Library: Oxford 2016. 234 pages, softback, £25.00. Reviewed by Douglas Mac Lean. In The Art of the Islands, Michelle Brown brings to bear a lifetime of distinguished scholarship for a beautifully illustrated volume intended for a general audience….

 

“The Chambered Tombs of the Isle of Man: A Study by Audrey Henshall 1969-1978” edited by F Lynch and P Davey

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The Chambered Tombs of the Isle of Man: A study by Audrey Henshall 1969-1978 edited by F Lynch and P Davey (eds), Manx National Heritage in association with Archaeopress: Oxford 2017. 176 pages, softback, £30.00 (e-download £16). Reviewed by Rachel J Crellin. The Chambered Tombs of the Isle of Man is a book with a fascinating…

 

“Caithness Archaeology: Aspects of Prehistory” by A Heald and J Barber

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Caithness Archaeology: Aspects of Prehistory by A Heald and J Barber, Whittles Publishing: Dunbeath, 2015. 168 pages, hardback. £20/$39.95. Reviewed by Peter Leeming. This volume, a pioneering one for the archaeology of Caithness, states from the outset that it is selective in its approach rather than comprehensive in its coverage. The authors conclude that it is…

 

“The Lost Dark Age Kingdom of Rheged: The Discovery of a Royal Stronghold at Trusty’s Hill, Galloway” by Ronan Toolis and Christopher Bowles

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The Lost Dark Age Kingdom of Rheged: The Discovery of a Royal Stronghold at Trusty’s Hill, Galloway, by Ronan Toolis and Christopher Bowles, Oxbow Books: Oxford and Philadelphia, 2017.  vi+169pp.  ISBN 978-1-78570-311-9. Reviewed by Dr. Roger Collins. As reported here, the two campaigns of excavation covered no more than 2.6% of the total site (p 13),…

 

“Early Medieval Scotland: Individuals, Communities and Ideas” by David Clarke, Alice Blackwell and Martin Goldberg

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Clarke, David, Blackwell, Alice and Goldberg, Martin. 2012, Early Medieval Scotland: Individuals, Communities and Ideas, Edinburgh: National Museums Scotland, xx + 232 pages (hb). ISBN 978-1-905267-63-7. Reviewed by Pamela O’Neill. The best thing about this book is undoubtedly the illustrations. It clearly aspires to join the ‘coffee-table book’ genre, and succeeds: production is of a…

 

“Viking Graves and Grave-Goods in Ireland” by Stephen H Harrison and Raghnall Ó Floinn

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Harrison, Stephen H and Ó Floinn, Raghnall. 2014, ‘Viking Graves and Grave-Goods in Ireland’, Medieval Dublin Excavations 1962-81 Ser. B, vol. 11, Dublin: National Museum of Ireland, xxiii + 783 pages (hb) with 426 illustrations (including figures, plates and maps), 22 tables, 4 charts, and bibliography. ISBN 978-0-901777-99-1. Reviewed by Robert JC Mowat. This is a book…

 

“A Lake Dwelling in its Landscape, Iron Age settlements at Cults Loch, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries and Galloway” by Graeme Cavers and Anne Crone

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Graeme Cavers and Anne Crone 2018, A Lake Dwelling in its Landscape, Iron Age settlements at Cults Loch, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries and Galloway, Oxford, Oxbow Books, ISBN 978-1-78570-373-7, 304pp, rrp £36. Reviewed by Dennis Harding.  The Cults Loch excavation project developed out of the Scottish Wetland Archaeology Programme’s (SWAP) research agenda, a key tenet of…

 

“Cradle of Chemistry: The First Century of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh” edited by Robert G W Anderson

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Robert G W Anderson, ed. Cradle of Chemistry: The First Century of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2015). Reviewed by Mark G Spencer. The dozen chapters that comprise Cradle of Chemistry came out of a conference celebrating the 300th anniversary of the introduction of the study of chemistry at the University…

 

“Carrick Scotland: Beyond the Tourist Guides” by James Brown

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Brown, James. 2009, “Carrick Scotland: Beyond the Tourist Guides”, Darvel: Carrick Community Council’s Forum’, Ailsa Horizons, 96 pp (pb). ISBN 978-0-9563061-0-4. Reviewed by Fergus Cannan-Braniff.  Local history and local historians are sometimes seen as intellectually inferior to the ‘real’ history of nations, empires and societies. I am keen to reject this prejudice. I would be…

 

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