The archaeological monuments known as souterrains, particularly characteristic of eastern Scotland from Aberdeenshire to Fife, have long been a mystery. When this book was originally published in 1963, recent investigation on two of these types of works, at Ardestie and Carlungie in Angus had shed more light. This book combines two excavation reports with a re-consideration of the problems that surrounded these ‘earth houses’ and their builders. It presents a summary of all recorded souterrains between the Dee and the Forth, offering great insight into these structures and also into the status of this kind of archaeology at this time.
Table of Contents
Preface Part 1: Souterrains and Souterrain-builders 1. The Nature of Souterrains 2. The Function of Souterrains 3. The Souterrain-Builders Part 2: Ardestie and Carlungie 1 1. Summary and Conclusions 2. Discovery and Excavation 3. Structural Features at Ardestie 4. Structural Features at Carlungie 1 5. Constructional Detail 6. Chronological Conclusions 7. The Inhabitants 8. The Function of the Souterrain 9. Finds and Reports Part 3: Souterrains in Angus, Fife and Perthshire