Prehistoric rock art in Scotland: Archaeology, meaning and engagement

Tertia Barnett, Joana Valdez-Tullett, Lisa Marie Bjerketvedt, Frederick Alexander, Stuart Jeffrey, Guillaume Robin, Maya Hoole

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Abstract / Description of output

Over 4000 years ago, early farming communities carved strange symbols onto thousands of rocks scattered across the landscape. This prehistoric rock art is one of the most mysterious and neglected aspects of Scotland’s ancient past. We still know little about why the carvings were made or their importance to the people that created them, but new research is bringing fresh insights and understanding. This booklet was produced and published by Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP) to raise awareness and appreciation of these unique carvings. ScRAP was a five-year (2017–2021) community co-production programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It was based at Historic Environment Scotland and worked in collaboration with Edinburgh University’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology, and Glasgow School of Art’s School of Simulation and Visualisation. The project was partnered by Archaeology Scotland, Kilmartin Museum, and the North of Scotland Archaeological Society.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherHistoric Environment Scotland
Number of pages84
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2021


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