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on 5 March 2002
This is a small book that gives both gazeteer information and an accurate depiction of the historical positioning of brochs, their influence and their use. The development from duns, roundhouses and other similar structures is discussed and put into perspective. The lothian and SW scotland connection is also discussed.
This is the best book i have so far found on this subject, i would also recomend the shell guide to archaeology if you can find it.
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The unusual as well as fascinating derelict towers dotted around Scotland have long held the curious in thrall for centuries. Yet very little research has really gone into them leaving the modern viewer with more than a few questions as to the origins as well as practical application to their structure. What this book reveals is the uses of these ancient fortifications as well as clearly demonstrating the defensive as well as building skills required by the ancients in their constructions. Its fascinating, it's a real delve into the curio of these constructs and a wonderful look into a past that is restricted to the highlands rather than all over the UK. A great addition and with the use of illustrations, diagrams and of course a little common sense make use of these ancient constructs.
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on 20 November 2016
A handy summary (written in 1988, so a bit out of date), with excellent photographs and a useful gazeteer.
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