Mesolithic Survival in Highland Scotland

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"An intriguing introduction to the Mesolithic which actually makes sense for a change."

This initial volume in the series Decoding the Past looks at the survival of Mesolithic or even Palaeolithic traits in the extinct deer-hunting culture of the Scottish Highlanders. The ideas presented in this book are novel but they rest on ascertainable facts. This initial volume summarizes the evidence for the archaic survival in the life of the Scottish Gaels before c.1750, when tribal life came to an end.

Extrapolated meanings are shown in brackets, thus ‘soldier, brave man (hunter)’, ‘fight, battle (hunt)’, ‘narrow passage (trap, ambush)’. In almost every case the obsolete or archaic meaning refers back to archaic hunting terminology and derives from the Gaelic native to Scotland.


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