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Orkney & Shetland: Research

Recommended Publications:

1) The Orkney Islands 

“The Orkney Guidebook” by Charles Tait.
Charles Tait Photographic, 2012 (4th edition paperback), 624 pages, ISBN: 978-0951785980
This handy, well-produced guidebook covers natural history, economy and practical information as much as archaeology, providing a well-informed all-round view of the Orkney Islands and how to explore them. Buy at Amazon.

“The Ancient Monuments of Orkney” by Anna Ritchie and Graham Ritchie.
Historic Scotland, 2000 (paperback),  76 pages, ISBN: 978-1900168922
This light and nicely illustrated overview from Historic Scotland is an easy to use introduction to all the main monuments from prehistoric times to the twentieth centuryBuy at Amazon.

Orkney: A Historical Guide” by Caroline Wickham-Jones.
Birlinn Ltd, 2011 (paperback), 240 pages, ISBN: 978-1780270012
This is a true archaeological guidebook, combining site details and plans with an up-to-date chronological overview from earliest times to the present day. Buy at Amazon.

“Lines on the Landscape, Circles from the Sky: Monuments of Neolithic Orkney” by Trevor Garnham.
The History Press, 2004 (paperback), 176 pages, ISBN: 978-0752431147
This is an original and illuminating study of the Neolithic period in the Orkney Isles which draws on the latest archaeological and anthropological research to find meaning in the complex relationships between settlement, burial and ceremonial sites. Buy at Amazon.

2) The Shetland Islands.

“The Ancient Monuments of Shetland” by Noel Fojut and Denys Pringle.

Historic Scotland, 1993 (paperback),  64 pages, ISBN: 978-0114942007
This light and nicely illustrated overview from Historic Scotland is an easy to use introduction to all the main monuments from prehistoric times to the twentieth centuryBuy at Amazon.

“Prehistoric and Viking Shetland” by Noel Fojut.

Shetland Times Ltd, 2006 (paperback), 154 pages, ISBN: 978-1904746072
First published in 1981 and regularly revised since, this useful little guide to the archaeology of Shetland covers all the main points of interest and helpfully provides a gazetteer of sites and suggested itineraries for touring them. An indispensable aid for anyone visiting the islands. Buy at Amazon.

“Ancient Shetland” by Val Turner.
Batsford Ltd, 1988 (paperback), 128 pages, ISBN: 978-0713480009
This lively, easy-to-follow overview provides a good introduction to the main themes and characteristics of each period from Mesolithic to Viking times, and helps to fill out an understanding of Shetland archaeologyBuy at Amazon.


 

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