This volume, originally published in 1935, sought to reveal the significance of Scottish prehistory for the development of understanding of European prehistory. Written at a time of rapid accumulation of new relics and monuments and the insights from them, Professor Childe presented some important new data and made tentative conclusions for the future results from these finds. After an introduction to the geography of Scotland the book looks at evidence from cairns, tombs and stone circles and then addresses chronologically the evidence from Early Bronze Age to Late and onto the Iron Age, with a chapter devoted to forts, towns and castles. It ends with a discussion of what happened in the Dark Ages and addresses questions about the Celts and the Picts and the diversity of the peoples in Scotland.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. The Personality of Scotland 2. The First Colonization of Scotland 3. Chambered Cairns 4. The Neolithic Civilization of Scotland 5. The Round-Headed Invaders 6. Early Bronze Age Monuments 7. Cinerary Urns 8. The Evolution of the Bronze Industry 9. The Late Bronze Invasion 10. Keltic Fortresses and Refuges 11. The Keltic Iron Age 12. Scotland Before the Scots