Darkness Visible: The Sculptor’s Cave, Covesea, from the Bronze Age to the Picts

Keyword(s):

Pictish symbols; human remains; cave archaeology; mummification; decapitation; funerary rites; ritual

Location(s):

Moray, Scotland, UK

Period(s):

Late Bronze Age; Iron Age; Roman Iron Age; early medieval

Synopsis

Winner of the Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year 2021

The Sculptor’s Cave is one of the most enigmatic prehistoric sites in Britain. Excavated in the 1920s and 1970s, new analysis of the archive has revealed a complex history of funerary and ritual activity from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman Iron Age. Using innovative methods and new techniques, this volume re-examines the results of earlier excavations and places the site in its wider British and European context.

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Armit and Büster’s handsomely produced volume transports us back in time to both the late Bronze Age and Roman Iron Age, revealing exciting new evidence for the treatment of the dead in both periods.

– Gordon Noble (Current Archaeology, 'Darkness Visible: the Sculptor’s Cave, Covesea, from the Bronze Age to the Picts')

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Canmore ID 1627

Chapters

  • Front matter
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster
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  • 1 | The Sculptor's Cave
    a place apart
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster, Adrian Evans, Tom Sparrow, Rachael Kershaw, Andrew S Wilson
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  • 2 | Excavation results
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster
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  • 3 | The Pictish and later carvings
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster, Adrian Evans, Tom Sparrow, Rachael Kershaw, Andrew S Wilson
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  • 4 | Chronology
    archaeology, radiocarbon dating and Bayesian modelling
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster, Rick Schulting, Derek Hamilton
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  • 5 | The finds
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster, Gemma Cruickshanks, Alison Sheridan, Daniel Sahlén, Colin Wallace, Fraser Hunter, Mark Hall, Torben Bjarke Ballin, Katharina Becker, Trevor Cowie, Lore Troalen, Jim Tate, Sam Moorhead, Nick Holmes, Mary Davis, Dominic Ingemark
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  • 6 | Human remains
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster, Rick Schulting, Christopher Knüsel
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  • 7 | Environment, economy and subsistence
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster, Michael Stratigos, Jo McKenzie, Julie Boreham, Clare Rainsford, Daniel Shaw, John Summers
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  • 8 | Caves, cosmology and identity
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster
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  • Appendix 1
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster
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  • Appendix 2
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster
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  • References
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster
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  • Index
    Ian Armit, Lindsey Büster
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Author Biographies

Ian Armit

Professor Ian Armit is Chair in Archaeology at the University of York. His research centres on the social archaeology of Iron Age Europe and the nature of conflict and violence in prehistory.

Lindsey Büster

Dr Lindsey Büster is a Research Associate at the University of York. Her research concerns ritual in later prehistoric Britain and Europe, with particular focus on the archaeology of death and burial.

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Published
June 15, 2022

Details about this monograph

ISBN-13 (15)
9781908332233
Date of first publication (11)
2020

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