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on 4 April 2017
If you are studying the Vikings in Orkney this is an excellent text.
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on 22 August 2017
Not bad
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on 30 July 2009
This handy little book provides a great historical introduction to Orkney. It gives a brief historical outline of each period in the islands' (very long) history together with details of the sort of sites and monuments which survive from said period, and then a gazetteer of the actual sites and whether or not they are accessible to the public.

It is probably a better buy, in that respect, than Historic Scotland's "The Ancient Monuments of Orkney" (being much more comprehensive) and would make an excellent companion to the masterful, must-buy "Orkney: An Illustrated Architectural Guide" by Leslie Burgher. Only downside: no colour photos. But then other books fill that niche.
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on 20 February 2014
An excellent summary of the historical sites on these fascinating islands . The author tackles the history in logical order making clear connections with local geography and relationships with the rest of the world. The writing style is fluent and straightforward. Reading on the kindle edition there were not enough maps for my personal taste but all the sites can be located from the book using grid references (supplied) .
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on 21 April 2014
This book gives a good basic history of Orkney for people who just want a general knowledge of the history of Orkney. I was going there on holiday, and wanted some background reading before I went.
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on 23 March 2014
A very comprehensive and interesting historical & archaeological guide of the Orkney isles. Well supported by diagrams, photos and references.
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on 22 July 2014
Thorough and accessible introduction to the history and archaeology of Orkney.
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on 24 May 2013
I had expected this book to contain more information on the Ness of Brogdar, this was just a slight appendix without any effect on the accounts of neolithic Orkney.
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on 6 February 2009
I will be visiting Orkney as a tourist but was interested and willing to get a little background. I found this book not well illustrated and not well written, could not finish it.
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