Recommended Scottish archaeology books

10 March 2021
Looking for an entertaining and accessible Scottish archaeology book? Check out our round-up of recommended reads.


A Song in Stone: Exploring Scotland’s Neolithic Rock Art

Written by Tertia Barnett, Matt Ritchie and Kate Sharpe, in collaboration with Joana Valdez-Tullett, Lyndsey Clark, Julia Hamilton, Aaron Watson and Sharon Webb. 

Published by Forestry and Land Scotland – March 2021

A Song in Stone is the latest in a series of publications from Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) designed to inspire educators to explore and investigate Scotland’s rich archaeological heritage with their learners. 

In this engaging book, the authors encourage the reader to explore Scotland’s Neolithic rock art using an inspirational blend of objective recording, subjective analysis and narrative interpretation. The collaborative approach used by FLS archaeologist Matt Richie brings together the work of archaeologists, artists, digital specialists and a poet to create an informative, thought-provoking and beautifully illustrated piece of work.

Although designed with educators in mind, I would argue that this is a good read for anyone with an interest in Neolithic Scotland, heritage interpretation or the work of archaeologists.

A Song in Stone is free to download or read online.

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Jane Miller, Learning Officer, Archaeology Scotland


Darkness Visible: The Sculptor’s Cave, Covesea, from the Bronze Age to the Picts is our latest publication and examines a really thrilling sea cave site from Moray including Pictish symbols and unusual human remains (you can read more about it here). However, it is quite technical.

Whereas From Goblets to Gaslights: The Scottish Glass Industry 1750-2006 includes both history and archaeological finds and is very beautifully illustrated. Probably a bit more accessible to the average reader.

QUICK LINK: Explore archaeology records at National Records of Scotland