Dr. Antonia Thomas Book Launch and Talk

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Art and Architecture in Neolithic Orkney-Process, Temporality and Context is now on sale online.

To celebrate the publication of this excellent work, the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute are joining up with OAS, to hold an event in which Dr. Antonia Thomas will give an illustrated talk about the research behind her PhD.

  • Discounted copies of the book will be on sale
  • Venue: Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Date: 2nd November 2016
  • Refreshments will be available

Published by Archaeopress, this publication forms the first in a series by the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute and it is available in print and e-format from www.archaeopress.com and is priced at £45 for the paperback and £19 for the eBook. There will be a discount for any books bought at the event.

Archaeopress writes…..The Neolithic sites of Orkney include an impressive number of stone-built tombs, ceremonial monuments and – uniquely for northern Europe – contemporary dwellings. Many of these buildings survive in a remarkable state of preservation, allowing an understanding of the relationship between architectural space and the process of construction that is rarely achievable. Until recently, however, relatively little has been known about the decoration of these sites.

This book addresses that gap to offer a groundbreaking analysis of Neolithic art and architecture in Orkney. Focussing upon the incredible collection of hundreds of decorated stones being revealed by the current excavations at the Ness of Brodgar, it details the results of the author’s original fieldwork both there and at the contemporary sites of Maeshowe and Skara Brae, all within the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

It provides the first major discussion of Orkney’s Neolithic carvings, and uses these as a springboard to challenge many of the traditional assumptions relating to Neolithic art and architecture. By foregrounding the architectural context of mark-making, this book explores how both buildings and carvings emerge though the embodied social practice of working stone, and how this relates to the wider context of life in Neolithic Orkney.


258 pages, illustrated throughout in colour and black and white.

University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute Research Series 1

Book available to buy online http://bit.ly/2ds3R64

Paperback: ISBN 9781784914332

eBook:  9781784914349

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