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304 pages

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Published Mar 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781784917708

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Uist; Excavations; Scotland; Archaeology; Neolithic; Cist; Kerb Cairn; Bronze Age; ritual complex

Life on the Edge: The Neolithic and Bronze Age of Iain Crawford’s Udal, North Uist

Edited by Beverley Ballin Smith

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Excavations in North Uist dating from 1974-1984 identified two cists with human remains in kerbed cairns, many bowl pits dug into the blown sand, two late Neolithic structures and a ritual complex.



Foreword - Malcolm Burr ;
Preface - Beverley Ballin Smith ;
Summary (English/Gaelic) ;
PART 1 Introduction - Beverley Ballin Smith ;
PART 2 The excavation record - Beverley Ballin Smith ;
PART 3 Dating and human remains ;
PART 4 The changing natural environment and subsistence farming ;
PART 5 Exploitation of natural resources and the uses of artefacts ;
PART 6 Discussion - Beverley Ballin Smith ;
PART 7 Conclusion - Life on the edge - Beverley Ballin Smith ;
Afterword – Iain and Imogen Crawford ;
Appendices: ;
1: Marine shell samples quantified by species ;
2: Pottery catalogue ;
Bibliography ;

About the Author

Beverley Ballin Smith took up the mantle left by Iain Crawford and has brought this first monograph on his Udal project area to publication. She has extensive experience of working on, and publishing, other large multi-period sites. She is an archaeologist who lived and worked on Orkney for many years and has first-hand experience of the archaeology of Shetland, the UK, Faroes, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and is now based in Scotland. Beverley is the Publications Manager at GUARD Archaeology Ltd and editor of ARO (Archaeology Reports Online), with the aim of disseminating information to relevant audiences. She undertakes specialist analysis of prehistoric pottery and coarse stone tools. She has been a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists for nearly all her professional life; she served on the former IfA Council, was Vice Chair for Outreach, a member of the Validation Committee and was a CIfA Board director. She is a member of the Society of Antiquaries of London and also a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, where she has been Vice President. She is currently President of Archaeology Scotland and a Research Associate at National Museums Scotland.


'...Ballin Smith and her colleagues have produced a worthy volume that answers many questions concerning the complex transition period between the Neolithic and Bronze Age within an area of the British Isles that would have been seen by late prehistoric pastoralists as the edge of the known world.' – George Nash (2019): Current Archaeology