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Carved in Stone: Engaging with the Past in Medieval Orkney


Randles, S, Carved in Stone: Engaging with the Past in Medieval Orkney, Historicising Heritage and Emotions: The Affective Histories of Blood, Stone and Land, Routledge, A Marchant (ed), London, pp. 19-33. ISBN 9781138202825 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315472898


Orkney, an archipelago of some 70 islands off the northeast tip of Scotland, is now thought of by most Britons, including some Orcadians themselves, as remote and isolated. However, it has had several heydays in which it was an extremely important site, due to its highly fertile land, significantly warmer climate compared to the adjacent mainland of Scotland and its location on major sea routes between Britain and Scandinavia. Successive waves of migration and cultural changes are recorded in a wealth of stone monuments, from the Neolithic period to the present, which define the landscape and provide a highly visible, layered history.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:emotions, heritage, Orkney, religion, stone
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving the historic environment
UTAS Author:Randles, S (Dr Sarah Randles)
ID Code:132991
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-05-29
Last Modified:2020-08-24

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