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Age of Stone
Age of Bronze
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Age of Invasion
Age of Warriors
Age of Worship
Age of Kings
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Age of Bronze

Throughout February we will be exploring the Age of Bronze! The appearance of wide-spread trade, metal working and the arrival of settlers from the continent brought great change to Scotland’s archaeological landscape during the Bronze Age. New burial practices and architectural styles, including hut circles, henges and field systems, were adopted across the country.

Na Clachan Aoraidh four poster stone circle - Loch Tummel, Perth and Kinross

The stone circle of Na Clachan Aoraidh – the ‘Stones of Worship’ – is set high on the limestone ridge of Cnoc na Craoibhe above Loch Tummel. The site is an unusual ‘four poster’ stone circle – a square arrangement of four large stones on a low stone-built circular platform. It is an early Bronze Age site and was probably built about 4000 years ago.

Acharole, Beaker and Cist - Caithness

It would be impossible to explore the Scottish Bronze Age without looking at a site associated with the Beaker people. Today we take a look at one of the most northern Bronze Age Beaker burials from mainland Scotland, and how this discovery fits into the wider beaker phenomenon.