Originally published in 1946, this book presents in what can arguably be described as an unusual way, a slice of Scottish social life by applying to prehistory the principles of Marxism as practised by Soviet scholars of Russian prehistory. Using archaeological evidence, the author distinguishes 6 stages – from the earliest definable groups of immigrants to the Iron Age. There are 10 appendices, devoted to the typology and classification of tombs, pottery, implements and fortifications.
Table of Contents
1. Classification of the Data 2. Stone Age Societies 3. The Early Bronze Age 4. The Heroic Age 5. The Late Bronze Age 6. The Celtic Iron Age. Appendices: 1. The Typology of Chambered Cairns and Their Contents 2. Typology of Beakers 3. Recumbent Stone Circles 4. Classification of Food Vessels 5. Extended Burials and Chieftain’s Graves of Stage 4. 6. List of Dagger Graves 7. Typology of Bronzes 8 Cinerary Urbs and Their Contents 9. Absolute Chronology 10. Bronze Age Graves in Orkney and Shetland 11. List of Gallic and Vitrified Forts 12. List of Abbreviations.
V. Gordon Childe