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Title: Moments of crisis: climate change in Scottish prehistory
Author(s): Tipping, Richard
Bradley, Richard
Sanders, Jeff
McCulloch, Robert
Wilson, Robert
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Issue Date: 2012
Date Deposited: 9-Jul-2014
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.
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