What was life like in Scotland between 4000 and 2000 BC? Where were people living? How did they treat their dead? Why did they spend so much time building extravagant ritual monuments? What was special about the relationship people had with trees and holes in the ground? What can we say about how people lived in the Neolithic and early Bronze Age of mainland Scotland where much of the evidence we have lies beneath the ploughsoil, or survives as slumped banks and ditches, or ruinous megaliths? Each contribution to this volume presents fresh research and radical new interpretations of the pits, postholes, ditches, rubbish clumps, human remains and broken potsherds left behind by our Neolithic forebears.
The Editors: Kenneth Brophy is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. Gavin MacGregor is a heritage professional at the independent body Northlight Heritage. Ian B. M. Ralston is Abercromby Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology and Head of the Archaeology School at the University of Edinburgh.