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Moments of crisis: climate change in Scottish prehistory

Citation
Tipping R, Bradley R, Sanders J, McCulloch R & Wilson R (2012) Moments of crisis: climate change in Scottish prehistory, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 142, pp. 9-25.

Abstract
There is strong evidence for many key turning points in Scottish and north-west European prehistory – what we call moments of ‘crisis’ – to be associated with evidence for widespread and abrupt natural changes in climate. Association or coincidence are not cause, though, and the abrupt climatic change in Scottish prehistory is proposed in a review of the many new data-sets of prehistoric climate change affecting the North Atlantic region. The case is made that Scotland in prehistory, because of its location in the North Atlantic region, should become a testing-ground of the relation between prehistoric society and climate change, to move debate beyond merely coincidence matching.

StatusPublished
AuthorsTipping Richard, Bradley Richard, Sanders Jeff, McCulloch Robert, Wilson Robert
Publication date2012
URLhttp://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/…42_0009_0025.pdf
PublisherSociety of Antiquaries of Scotland
ISSN 0081-1564
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland: Volume 142

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