Scotland: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (Oxford Archaeological Guides) Paperback – 25 Jun 1998
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The Oxford Archaeological Guides offer a wealth of detailed, accurate but always readable information, providing anyone who has a serious interest in archaeology with the means to derive the utmost benefit from a visit to an ancient site. They are user-friendly and highly recommended. (Paul Bahn)
Judged on Scotland: An Oxford Archaeological Guide and the plans for the series as a whole these books will fill the gap in travel literature that has been obvious for a very long time. The entries in Scotland betray both genuine affection for the country and its antiquities, and the exercise of the sort of judgement that one can trust to point what will be found rewarding on the ground. (Peter Salway)
Anna and Graham Ritchie together have an unparalleled kknowledge of the Scottish heritage ... this guide is well laid out, beautifully illustrated, and with clear instructions regarding access. (Steven Mithen)
Call it "Travels with my Trowel" - this splendid Oxford Archaeological Guide to Scotland is an indispensable vade-mecum for the discriminating traveller. (Magnus Magnusson)
A valuable companion, whether on the desk or in the pocket. (Andrew Sherratt)
About the Author
Anna Ritchie is President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Graham Ritchie is Head of the National Monuments Record for Scotland and an Investigator with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Their publications include Scotland: Archaeology and Early History. Anna Ritchie is General Editor for the Exploring Scotland's Heritage series and Graham Ritchie has contributed to several of the Pevsner Buildings of Scotland series.
Top Customer Reviews
Take the important site of Glenelg. The two main and most visible brochs are mentioned. Euan MacKie in his 1975 guide mentions that there are in fact two other brochs nearby, and describes them. This is information I want to know, but not a mention here.
Other annoyances are, for example, that the word "Skye" appears neither in the table of contents nor in the index, and information on Skye, such as it is, is buried in the middle of a chapter called Highland South. Once you've found Skye, the authors don't mention the accessible St Columba's isle near Skeabost, nor Annait on the road to Stein.
I'm glad I took MacKie and left this one at home - there's a lot of work to do before this one is worth having.
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With well over 1000 castles alone, Scotland is a land VERY rich in archaelogical sites ranging from stone aged to Roman to WWII ... so rich, in fact, that you often don't realize when you're driving or walking right past something interesting. This book will definitely help you determine what potential points of interest lie along the path of your travels and evaluate which one are likely to be of greatest interest to you. I used this book after my trips to learn about places we went (which was fun) and was surprised to learn how much we didn't even know we'd missed. The map coordinates and general location information will help you find some of the "less obvious" sites (many such sites don't have big signs that direct you to them from the road) and the write ups will give you at least some information about the site itself.
I've also found that using this sort of guide (Scotland or other countries) in conjunction with other historical resources (web sites, maps, other books, etc.) was particularly useful. The OAG helped me figure out a "long list" of sites I might want to visit and my other resources then provided more in depth information about these places so I could narrow my list down to a final selection.
If you enjoy traveling to and visiting ancient sites, the OAG's are definitely a tool you'll want to keep handy.
I found this guide very useful in trip planning. Each site description included directions. This could be encouraging or discouraging about actually getting to some ancient sites. We're talking remote, in many cases. This guide is not about objects in museums, but about actual physical locations.
The book has excellent lists of sites by region and by archaeological period. I found these features very helpful in trip planning.
This book is a keeper. Will use for any future trips to Scotland.
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