The Land Was Forever: 15000 Years in North-East Scotland: Excavations on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty [Hardback]

Kirsty Dingwall (Author); Matt Ginnever (Author); Richard Tipping (Author); Jürgen van Wessel (Author); Don Wilson (Author)

ISBN: 9781785709883 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 376p, H297 x W210 (mm)

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The Land Was Forever: 15000 Years in North-East Scotland


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 programme 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 catalogues are provided digitally through ADS and cross-referenced throughout the text.

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

Reviews & Quotes

"With high-quality site plans, section drawings and aerial photographs, a radiocarbon chronology, specialist reports, artefact illustrations, geological maps and even artistic reconstructions of the changing landscape, the volume is a model of best practice for developer-led excavation reports."
Robert Witcher

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