H 290 x W 205 mm
Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (25 colour plates)
Published Nov 2017
This is the first book ever devoted to the chambered tombs of the Isle of Man and, though there are no more than nine surviving monuments, they are of considerable interest and importance because of the central location of the island in the north Irish Sea where cultural influences and traditions of tomb building are mixed.
Preface; Introduction: Introduction to Chambered Tombs; Previous work on Manx chambered tombs; Note on the preparation of this volume and acknowledgements; The Natural Setting; The geographical and geological background A. M. Cubbon; Recent work on the changing natural environment Philippa Tomlinson; 1. Catalogue and Commentary: Introduction to catalogue; Cashtal yn Ard; King Orry’s Grave; Ballafayle; Meayll Hill; The Cloven Stones; Llaght ny Foawr (Giant’s Grave), Kew; Croit-ny-Howe, Clay Head; Ballakelly; Ballaharra; Port St Mary; 2. The Artefacts from the Tombs: The Pottery; The Flints; Bone; Miscellaneous Later Material; 3. General summary: Mesolithic Prelude; Early Neolithic Period; Distribution of Earlier Neolithic Settlement; Significance of the Tombs; Material Culture of the Tomb Builders; Burial Rituals; Grave Offerings; Forecourt Use; The Late Neolithic Period in the Isle of Man; The Early Bronze Age; Bibliography; Appendix 1. The Excavation of King Orry’s Grave (North East) 1953 B. R. S. Megaw; Appendix 2. Excavations by Sheila Cregeen at Ballaharra, German 1969-1983; Appendix 3. The 1971 Excavation at Meayll Hill