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Friday, November 24, 2006

Celtic Scotland

Celtic Scotland. This remains the best and most comprehensive reference guide to the Celtic place-names of Scotland. This is the only paperback edition of this classic work, which is essential reading for anyone interested in Scottish history and the derivations of place names the length and breadth of the country. Many place-names date before the arrival of the Celts, the name Tay, for example, is almost certainly thousands of years old, and each successive group of invaders and settlers, Britons, Dalriadic Scots, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Picts and many others, constantly adding and enriching, leaving their own unique story in the landscape. The book is divided into sections dealing with early names, territorial divisions, general surveys of areas; it also looks at saints, church terms and river names. For the scholar, and indeed anyone interested in the subject, this book is a prime reference point which has never been surpassed. The Celtic Placenames of Scotland.

Who are the Celts? Where did they come from? Did the tribes of Iron Age Scotland really belong to a 'European Community' of Celts? What did it mean to be Celtic? In this fascinating book, the results of modern archaeology are used, alongside earlier finds and the historical sources, to illuminate this important but surprisingly neglected period of Scottish history. In this new edition of a classic work, Ian Armit explores the prehistoric world of the Celts, from around 1000 BC to AD 500. Fully illustrated with colour photographs, maps and diagrams, the book covers ethnicity and identity, daily life, Celtic art, the Druids, brochs, hillforts and Celtic warfare and the clash with Rome. Celtic Scotland.

The study of the archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles has been transformed in recent years through the results of new excavations, surveys and reassessment of earlier work. Setting the Hebrides alongside better-known regions of Britain, this book brings out the key features of Hebridean archaeology, from the impressive Callanish stones and the great ritual monuments of the Neolithic, the broch towers and wheelhouses of the Iron Age, to the arrival of the Norse, and the Lords of the Isles. The book also explores the history of human settlement and society in these islands, from the first hunter-gatherers to the Clearances. The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles.

This work follows the history of Celtic Scotland from the ancient kingdoms of the Picts and Scots to the downfall of Clan Donald at the end of the 15th century. The roles played by Somerled and his descendants, the Canmore kings, Edward I as the "Hammer of the Scots", and Robert the Bruce are recounted, along with the impact of the Wars of Scottish Independence, and their aftermath in the north. It was only in the Western Highlands of Scotland that Celtic society survived in quasi-independence as the Lordship of the Isles, until its final forfeiture in 1493. Lost Kingdoms: Celtic Scotland and the Middle Ages.

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