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Age of Stone
Age of Bronze
Age of Iron
Age of Invasion
Age of Warriors
Age of Worship
Age of Kings
Age of Clans
Age of Industry
Age of Leisure
Age of War
This Age

Age of Stone

Throughout January and the Age of Stone we venture into the depths of prehistory to explore the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. From scatters of stone tools and traces of domestic houses to chambered cairns and rock art, this age gave rise to monumental architecture and the adoption of farming, and has left a lasting legacy on Scotland’s landscape to this day.

Balfarg Henge - Glenrothes, Fife

When you think of Stone circles you probably picture a site like Callanish - imposing stones surrounded by open countryside. Balfarg Henge in Glenrothes, Fife, doesn’t quite fit this image, but is interesting in its own way.

Howford Bridge Mortuary Enclosure - Nairn, Highland

Funerary practices in the Neolithic were probably quite different to our own, and our understanding of them is relatively limited. One of the most mysterious funerary site types from this period are those known as mortuary enclosures. Archaeologists believe that these enigmatic sites might have been used for preparing the dead for the afterlife.