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Excavations at Milla Skerra, Sandwick, UNST : rhythms of life in iron age Shetland

Author: Olivia Lelong
Publisher: Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the late 1st millennium BC into the early 1st millennium AD, the small island of Unst in the far north of the Shetland (and British) Isles was home to well-established and connected farming and fishing communities. The Iron Age settlement at Milla Skerra was occupied for at least 500 years before it was covered with storm-blown sand and abandoned. Although part of it had been lost to the sea, excavation  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Olivia Lelong
ISBN: 9781785703430 1785703439
OCLC Number: 1089186778
Description: ix, 143 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 31 cm
Contents: List of figuresList of tablesAcknowledgementsSummary1. Uncovering Milla SkerraOlivia Lelong2. The life and death of Milla SkerraOlivia Lelong3. Refining interpretations of the archaeological depositsBrendan Derham, Clare Ellis and Jo McKenzie4. Fires and food at Milla SkerraRuby Ceron-Carrasco, Brendan Derham, Jennifer Miller, Susan Ramsay and Catherine Smith5. The making, using and breaking of potsOlivia Lelong and Beverley Ballin Smith6. Craftwork at Milla Skerra: metalworking and bone, stone and iron toolsBeverley Ballin Smith, Torben Bjarke Ballin, Ann Clarke, Amanda Forster, Martin Goldberg, Fraser Hunter, Richard Jones, Olivia Lelong, Dawn McLaren and Anthony Newton7. Technologies of the self: painted pebbles, ornaments and the burialMartin Goldberg and Fraser Hunter, with contributions by Paul Duffy, Katharina Dulias, Ceiridwen J. Edwards and Amanda Forster8. Rhythms of life at Milla SkerraOlivia LelongBibliographyIndex
Other Titles: Rhythms of life in iron age Shetland
Responsibility: edited by Olivia Lelong.

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Reveals the everyday practices and seasonal rhythms of successive Iron Age communities over about 500 years; describes evidence for a range of agricultural, craft and manufacturing activities;  Read more...

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