Gordon Childe and Scottish Archaeology: the Edinburgh Years 1927—1946

Ian Ralston

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This article considers Childe's career in Scotland, where he was Abercromby Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Edinburgh University 1927-1946, and assesses his impact on Scottish archaeology and the Scottish archaeological community. Matters discussed include his development of teaching programmes and resources within the university, and his association with the Edinburgh League of Prehistorians. His excavation and fieldwork at Skara Brae and elsewhere, and his publications during this span, are considered. Childe's collaborations with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and the National Museum, especially during the Second World War, are reviewed. The archaeological achievements of some of his Edinburgh students are briefly summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-90
Number of pages44
JournalEuropean Journal of Archaeology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


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