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The Prehistory of Scotland


SINCE Prof. Gordon Childe went to Edinburgh, he has made himself master of the ascertained facts regarding Scottish prehistory, and has brought a mind saturated with comparative data to a synthesis such as has not yet been forthcoming in book form. In Scotland the main outlines were long ago drawn in by Dr. Joseph Anderson, but since his day a vast amount of information has accumulated, and a great deal has been learned in quite recent times. Much remains yet to be done, so that while the body of fact is impressive, conclusions regarding origins and relations must necessarily be provisional. As the author himself writes in his preface, “The data are incomplete, and the conclusions it [the synthesis] offers are provisional or even premature”. The conclusions set forth in this volume have authority as coming from one possessed of a wide and varied knowledge of European archaeology, and the book will be of value not only to general readers, but also to workers in the field. If it increases general interest in Scottish archaeology and stimulates research, it will do a notable service, and will be very welcome.

The Prehistory of Scotland.

By Prof. V. Gordon Childe. Pp. xv + 285 + 16 plates. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1935.) 15s. net.

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The Prehistory of Scotland. Nature 135, 566–567 (1935).

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