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Before Scotland : the story of Scotland before history

Author: Alistair Moffat
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The story of the land that became Scotland is one of dramatic geological events and impressive human endeavour. Alistair Moffat's narrative begins 10,000 years ago, when the power of icebreak and meltwater at the close of the Ice Age produced the familiar Scottish geography of mountains, glens, flatlands and coasts. Bands of hunters moved north, many of whom probably crossed from the lost peninsula of Doggerland,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alistair Moffat
ISBN: 050005133X 9780500051337
OCLC Number: 57282563
Notes: "With 22 colour illustrations and two maps."
Description: 352 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The painted islands --
The ice domes --
The wildwood --
The kindred ground --
Homely geometry --
The iron warlords --
Caledonia --
The last of the British.
Responsibility: Alistair Moffat.

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Transforms prehistory into a narrative history, demonstrating that the history of the land that became Scotland is one of dramatic geological events and impressive human endeavour.  Read more...

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