Scotland’s history is changing. What picture of the Scottish past should we pass on to future generations?
Stuart McHardy takes a revolutionary approach to interpreting the past. He shows that future generations will understand Scottish history in a fundamentally different light thanks to recent and future developments in archaeology, folklore and oral history.
“The Wild Places” is both an intellectual and a physical journey, and Macfarlane travels in time as well as space. Guided by monks, questers, scientists, philosophers, poets and artists, both living and dead, he explores our changing ideas of the wild. From the cliffs of Cape Wrath, to the holloways of Dorset, the storm-beaches of Norfolk, the saltmarshes and estuaries of Essex, and the moors of Rannoch and the Pennines, his journeys become the conductors of people and cultures, past and present, who have had intense relationships with these places.Certain birds, animals, trees and objects – snow-hares, falcons, beeches, crows, suns, white stones – recur, and as it progresses this densely patterned book begins to bind tighter and tighter. At once a wonder voyage, an adventure story, an exercise in visionary cartography, and a work of natural history, it is written in a style and a form as unusual as the places with which it is concerned. It also tells the story of a friendship, and of a loss. It mixes history, memory and landscape in a strange and beautiful evocation of wildness and its vital importance.
This colourful guide presents the story of life in the Uists from the appearance of the first stone age hunter-gatherers up to 10,000 years ago, to the crofters of the last century. It offers a vivid account of the development of the islands, suggesting some of the most rewarding places to visit and providing clear descriptions of each site.
Archaeologists Angela Gannon and George Geddes have spent over nine months living and working on St Kilda, and have been part of a team which has been researching its complex and remarkable history for more than a decade. In this new book they turn the popular perception of the archipelago on its head. St Kilda, they argue, has never existed in total isolation, but has always been connected to a network of communities scattered across the north western seaboard and the Highlands of Scotland.
The magnificent Callanish stones have captured the imagination for centuries. From Martin Martin to Lady Matheson and New Age Travellers, they have been the source of fascination and speculation. In turn, they have given rise to innumerable theories about their purpose, and why such an impressive prehistoric monument should be located in Lewis and on this particular site.
This booklet by Ian McHardy, a professional archaeologist and historian, sets out some important new ideas, drawing on folklore in Scotland and the Celtic world more generally. He demonstrates the value of looking across disciplines, using insights from physical science as well as traditional beliefs and folklore, to shed new light on this age-old subject.
This colourful guide presents the story of human habitation of Barra from the appearance of the first stone age setters over 6,000 years ago to the crofter’s of the last century.
Erskine Beveridge first visited the island of North Uist in October 1897 in order to compare its ancient forts with those of Coll and Tiree. Subsequent trips enabled him to amass a detailed knowledge of the island, and he published this classic account in a limited print run in 1911
This colourful guide presents the story of life in Lewis and Harris from the appearance of the first stone age hunter-gatherers up to 10,000 years ago, to the crofters of the last century. It offers a vivid account of the development of the islands, suggesting some of the most rewarding places to visit and providing clear descriptions of each site.
Dr Christopher Burgess has been County Archaeologist at Northumberland County Council since 2002, but for many years has led campaigns of archaeological survey and investigation in the Outer Hebrides and especially in Lewis, leading to significant advances in our understanding of the human landscape of the islands.