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Title: The artificial islets of the central Inner Hebrides : first approaches
Author: Holley, Mark W.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis examines the artificial islets of the Inner Hebrides with emphasis given to a detailed case study of the islands of Mull, Coll, Tiree, and Islay. Initially, a literature survey is undertaken to establish the number of sites observed in the past and the features that were noted on them. Field and underwater inspection of the lochs on the islands included a detailed, measured survey of each of the artificial islets, including those not recorded in the early references. The visible, structural features of the artificial islets of the central Inner Hebrides are then analysed and their recurrent characteristics examined. This exercise shows that progress in the study of artificial islets can be made by applying simple analytical techniques to a sizeable number of artificial islets confined to a specific geographic region. In this case the characteristics of the data examined provide evidence which runs counter to current, widely-held theories concerning the nature, form and utility of artificial islets. Therefore alternative conclusions are proffered. Another aim of the thesis is to analyze the location and spatial positioning of these artificial islet sites. Techniques are developed to propose how site positioning was employed by the early inhabitants in relation to potential farming and maritime resources. The final part of this study compares these artificial islets with other crannog/artificial islet sites elsewhere in Scotland. Particular effort is made to see whether there is any discernible difference between Inner Hebridean sites and those on the mainland and in the Outer Hebrides respectively, but conclusions are limited because of the restricted data available.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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