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Published Oct 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


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Scotland; Identity; Nation; Nationhood; National Identity; Archaeology; Cultural History; Heritage; Cultural Appropriation; Cultural Studies; Political Science; Social Science

Roots of Nationhood: The Archaeology and History of Scotland

Edited by Louisa Campbell, Dene Wright, Nicola A. Hall

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12 papers from specialists covering a wide array of time periods and subject areas, this volume explores the links between identity and nationhood throughout the history of Scotland from the prehistory of northern Britain to the more recent heralding of Scottish identity as a multi-ethnic construction and the possibility of Scottish independence.



Introduction – by Louisa Campbell and Dene Wright; Contributor Affiliations; Reflections on the presentation of Scottish archaeology in British prehistories since Gordon Childe’s Prehistoric Communities (1940) – by Ian Ralston; Setting the Scene: aspects of the Earliest Prehistory of Northern Britain – by Dene Wright; Scotland’s Neolithic / Neolithic Scotland – by Kenneth Brophy; Regional and local identities in the later Neolithic of Scotland as reflected in the ceramic record – by Ann MacSween; Culture contact and the maintenance of cultural identity in Roman Scotland: A theoretical approach – by Louisa Campbell; The origins of ‘Scotland’ – by Dauvit Broun; Merchants and craftsmen: a survey of the evidence for a Scandinavian presence in eastern Scotland in the eleventh to fourteenth centuries – by Elizabeth Pierce; Local and foreign clergy: the provision of clergy in the late mediaeval diocese of Sodor – by Sarah Thomas; Pictish, Celtic, Scottish: The Longing for Belonging – by Steven Timoney; ‘The Different Fruits of all the World’ - The Early Colonial Connections of Glasgow (c.1660-1740) – by Stuart Nisbet; Celebrating the end of Scottish history? National identity and the Scottish Historical Exhibition, Glasgow 1911 – by Neil G.W. Curtis; Scotland Then for Scotland Now: Scottish political party uses of history, image and myth – by Murray Stewart Leith

About the Author

LOUISA CAMPBELL MA PhD FSA Scot is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. She a Roman ceramic specialist and her main research interests are threefold: material culture, the Roman and Provincial interface with a particular focus on frontier contexts and theoretical approaches to the study of culture contact. She has recently undertaken a Postdoctoral Fellowship supported by Historic Environment Scotland to develop innovative methodologies and technologies for the non-destructive in situ analysis of museum collections. This project, entitled Paints and Pigments in the Past (PPIP), resulted in the identification and reconstruction of pigments originally applied to Roman monumental sculptures from the Antonine Wall and Hadrian’s Wall. | DENE WRIGHT MA MLitt PhD FSA Scot is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. Dene is a lithic specialist and his principal research interest is the Mesolithic. His research centres on the Mesolithic of Scotland with a particular focus on west central Scotland. The structure of his research develops and incorporates Deleuzian theoretical approaches to the concepts of repetition, difference and becoming, identity and group identities as philosophical constructs in Archaeology, the symmetry of lithic technology and technological choices, symmetrical approaches to the chaîne opératoire and lithic analysis and the construct of time as a relational multiplicity of dimensions in co-existence. A research associate at Glasgow funded by Historic Environment Scotland, with Kenneth Brophy he is currently writing up for publication the excavations for Phase II (2012-17) of the Strathearn Environs & Royal Forteviot ‘SERF’ Project. | NICOLA A. HALL MA MLitt is a Senior Heritage Management Officer at Historic Environment Scotland. She is an Archaeology graduate of the University of Glasgow with a particular interest on ritual practice in the Neolithic/Early Bronze Age of Western Scotland. Her research incorporates archaeological theory, landscape archaeology, gender, ritual practice and seasonality.