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The Archaeological Landscape of Bute – RCAHMS Publication

Received from RCAHMS:

Lying among the sea lochs of southern Argyll, near the centre of the ancient waterways that once connected Scotland to Ireland and beyond, the Isle of Bute is a treasure trove of thousands of years of archaeological remains. With earliest occupation by hunter gatherers estimated at around 9,000 BC, the island’s remarkable landscapes feature a wealth of monuments ranging from standing stones, chambered tombs and forts, to monasteries, castles and industrial cotton mills.

Drawing on the results of a groundbreaking survey carried out by RCAHMS in partnership with members of the local community, authors Alex Hale and George Geddes take readers on a fascinating journey through the diverse layers of Bute’s past. With detailed maps, plans and photographs providing the most comprehensive ever guide to the island’s sites of interest, The Archaeological Landscape of Bute offers an unparalleled insight into one of Scotland’s richest historical environments.

“Embodies the classic virtues of the Royal Commission’s work: beautifully produced and illustrated with stunning aerial photographs, new site plans, and material from many other sources, clearly and succinctly written . . . a gem of a book” Archaeology Scotland

The Archaeological Landscape of Bute was published in 2010 following two years fieldwork by RCAHMS and DBLPS. Although the print run has sold out, the book has now been turned into a free download available on this page.

The downloadable PDF has been enhanced so that readers can search for details of each site mentioned in the book. Click on any of the site numbers and you will be taken to the RCAHMS Canmore database for more details.

via The Archaeological Landscape of Bute – RCAHMS Publications – RCAHMS.

The download referred to can be obtained here:

The Archaeological Landscape of Bute – pdf

Mention of landscape demands a pic, but while I was looking through the galleries Zak has built up over the years it became obvious there was no ‘typical’ view, and that the scenic variation is one of the real attraction of the island.

With that in mind, the appearance of a rainbow in this view made it something of a preferred choice…

Rainbow on Bute

Rainbow on Bute © Zak

The correct name escapes me (oops), but if I’m thinking of the right spot, then there a picnic area with tables and benches just to the right of the area shown.

For more of the same, try:

Bute is Beautiful Photo Gallery by Zak at

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