Excavations at Cill Donnain : a Bronze Age settlement and Iron Age wheelhouse in South Uist / by Mike Parker Pearson and Marek Zvelebil ; with contributions by Sean Bell, Andrew Chamberlain, Gordon Cook, Chris Cumberpatch, Martin Dearne, Irene Deluis, Karen Godden, Pam Grinter, John Hamshaw-Thomas, Kate MacDonald, Peter Marshall, Eddie Moth, Jean-Luc Schwenninger, Helen Smith, Saleem ul Haq, Soultana Maria Valamoti and Kim Vickers.
- Hardcover edition.
- Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2014.
- Sheffield environmental and archaeological research campaign in the Hebrides (Series) ; v. 9.
Sheffield Environmental and Archaeological Research Campaign in the Hebrides ; volume 9
xviii, 233 pages : illustrations, maps ; 31 cm.
- South Uist (Scotland) -- Antiquities.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Scotland -- South Uist.
Bronze age -- Scotland -- South Uist.
Iron age -- Scotland -- South Uist.
Human settlements -- Scotland -- South Uist.
Dwellings -- Scotland -- South Uist.
Material culture -- Scotland -- South Uist.
Human ecology -- Scotland -- South Uist.
Social archaeology -- Scotland -- South Uist.
Economics, Prehistoric -- Scotland -- South Uist.
- "The SEARCH (Sheffield Environmental and Archaeological Research Campaign in the Hebrides) project began in 1987 and covers the Scotland's Outer Hebrides. The aim of the project is to investigate how human societies adapted in the long-term to the isolated environment of the Outer Hebrides. The first major excavation on South Uist discovered that what was thought to be a shell midden at Cill Donnain was in fact a wheelhouse, a type of dwelling used in the period c. 300 BC-AD 500, under which lay the remains of a Bronze Age settlement. This settlement was partly investigated by Marek Zvelebil in 1991 and then later by Mike Parker Pearson and Kate MacDonald in 2003. The site itself is situated at the foot of a high steep-sided dune on the eastern edge of a large sand valley, close to the western shore of Loch Cill Donnain. The archaeological report of the excavation at the Cill Donnain wheelhouse shows that, in comparison with contemporary neighbouring settlements, it was unlikely that each was an independent unit and that they were linked by social and economic inter-dependency. The wheelhouse thus provides striking new evidence that contributes to developing theories about the social, material and economic life in the period. This volume presents the extensive archaeological evidence found at the site, including pottery, faunal remains and a variety of bone and metal tools, illustrating that the Cill Donnain landscape is rich in archaeological sites of all periods from the Beaker to the post-Medieval"--Publisher's website.
- Introduction / Mike Parker Pearson and Helen Smith
The excavations / Marek Zvelebil and Mike Parker Pearson
Early-Middle Bronze Age (phase 1) : a Cordoned Urn settlement / Mike Parker Pearson with Kate MacDonald
Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age occupation (phase 2) : eighth-early sixth centuries BC / Mike Parker Pearson
Before construction of the wheelhouse (phase 3) / Mike Parker Pearson
Construction and initial use of the wheelhouse (phases 4 and 5) / Mike Parker Pearson and Marek Zvelebil
Modification and abandonment of the wheelhouse (phases 6-8) / Mike Parker Pearson and Marek Zvelebil
The midden overlying the wheelhouse (phase 9) / Mike Parker Pearson
The pottery / Chris Cumberpatch
The metal finds and industrial debris
The stone tools / Mike Parker Pearson
Bone, ivory and antler tools and ornaments / Mike Parker Pearson, with species identification by John Hamshaw-Thomas and Kim Vickers
The faunal remains / Kim Vickers with Saleem ul Haq and John Hamshaw-Thomas
The carbonised plant remains / Pam Grinter and Soultana-Maria Valamoti
Marine mollusca / Sean Bell and Karen Godden
Radiocarbon dating / Peter Marshall and Gordon Cook
Conclusion: Cill Donnain's prehistoric landscape
Appendix: Context list and phasing for the 1989, 1990 and 1991 excavations at Cill Donnain III.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Zvelebil, Marek, author.
- Other format:
- Online version: Parker Pearson, Michael, 1957- Excavations at Cill Donnain.
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