SAIR38Gazetteer of Arran Pitchstone Sources: Presentation of exposed pitchstone dykes and sills across the Isle of Arran, and discussion of the archaeological relevance of these outcrops
by Torben Bjarke Ballin* and John Faithfull†
* Lithic Research, Banknock Cottage, Denny, Stirlingshire FK6 5NA
† The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ
ISBN 978 0903 9036 08
Published in November 2009 by The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, in association with The Council for British Archaeology and Historic Scotland, in Adobe Acrobat format. Available free of charge (see Terms & Conditions of Use).
The main element of the present paper is a gazetteer of exposed pitchstone sources across the Isle of Arran. In the paper's final chapter, the archaeological relevance of these outcrops is discussed. The gazetteer includes approximately 100 pitchstone sources, and the authors hope that it will become a useful tool to prehistorians working on and outwith Arran, thus adding to our understanding of how pitchstone was perceived, exchanged and used in northern Britain. In general terms, the gazetteer should provide a more rigorous basis for archaeological and geological assessment of pitchstone artefacts and sources.
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|Table of Contents|
|List of Illustrations|
|List of Tables|
|3||Pitchstone – its Properties, Formation and Provenance|
|3.1 What is pitchstone?|
|3.2 Characterising pitchstones|
|3.3 The four 'classic' pitchstone types|
|3.4 The occurrence of pitchstone|
|3.5 Characterising pitchstone sources|
|4||The Gazetteer's Background|
|5||Gazetteer of Pitchstone Outcrops on the Isle of Arran|
|6.1 The survey's immediate results|
|6.2 The archaeological evidence|
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