The Land was Forever: 15,000 years in north-east Scotland: Excavations on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty

The Land was Forever: 15,000 years in north-east Scotland: Excavations on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty


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Eight sites were excavated along the route of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route between Balmedy to Tipperty. The sites are mostly multi-period. One site on the banks of the River Dee, revealed nine phases of activity extending from the Upper Palaeolithic through to the post-Medieval. Extensive specialist analysis has been undertaken on all sites, along with a program of radiocarbon dating, OSL dating, and Bayesian analysis. During the excavations, it was apparent how the specific landscape of each site was key to the activities taking place there, the periods and duration of activity and the extent to which people were passing through or settling. This was chosen as the overarching theme for analysis and publication, and the geological and topographical background is woven through the presentation of each site. Broadly speaking, the landscape ‘units’ identified were the River Dee valley, the Dee-Don uplands, a second upland zone around one specific site, the River Don valley, and the coastal plains. In addition to the individual site- evidence, a concluding chapter expands on three themes highlighted through the work: Mobility (looking at the temporary/permanent nature of interaction), ‘Gaps’ (periods of time or parts of the landscape which seem unexpectedly blank and the reasons for this), and Methodologies (looking at the specific methods used to identify, test and excavate the sites and consider learnings for future linear projects). Full versions of all specialist reports, the original assessment reports and relevant catalogs are provided digitally through ADS and cross-referenced throughout the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785709883
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Publication date: 03/08/2019
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 11.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kirsty Dingwall is a Senior archaeologist with Headland Archaeology, a commercial company based in Edinburgh. Kirsty has over 14 years’ experience in commercial archaeology and has worked on projects throughout the UK and Ireland.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Lithics glossary

Chapter 1: Introduction
Kirsty Dingwall and Don Wilson

Chapter 2: A landscape through time: Milltimber and the River Dee
Kirsty Dingwall, Richard Tipping and Don Wilson

Chapter 3: Between the Dee and the Don: Settlement, life and death in the Bronze Age
Matt Ginnever and Jürgen van Wessel

Chapter 4: Standingstones, an Upland Camp
Jürgen van Wessel

Chapter 5: Goval: Intermittent settlement activity on the banks of the Don
Jürgen van Wessel

Chapter 6: The coastal plain
Jürgen van Wessel and Donald Wilson

Chapter 7: Spaces, places and finding the traces; concluding thoughts on the context of discoveries of the AWPR/B-T
Kirsty Dingwall, Matthew Ginnever, Richard Tipping and Jürgen van Wessel

Digital Appendices Contents
Appendix 1: Assessment Reports
Appendix 2: Technical Reports
Appendix 3: Radiocarbon Certificates
Appendix 4: Report Concordance

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