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Simple stones but complex constructions: Analysis of architectural developments in the Scottish Iron Age

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-395
Number of pages17
JournalWorld Archaeology
Issue number3
Early online date20 Aug 2009
StatePublished - 2009


This paper applies architectural analysis to prehistoric architecture. Constructions, house plans and technological aspects of buildings can be analysed architecturally to understand the motives behind an architectural design. Analogies and comparisons help outlining architectural developments, which need to be considered in the respective contemporary cultural context. The well-preserved stone roundhouses of the Scottish Iron Age are analysed to test existing assumptions about their development. Comparisons with earlier construction methods and house layouts emphasize regional traditions. A gradual process of experiment and improvement is proposed, influenced by cultural preferences and possibly individual choices. Results add an architectural perspective to archaeological debate.

    Research areas

  • Architectural analysis, construction methods, house layouts, prehistoric domestic architecture, Scottish Iron Age, Altantic roundhouses

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