Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History

Front Cover
Thames & Hudson, 2009 - History - 352 pages
14 Reviews
The story of the land that became Scotland is one of dramatic geological events and impressive human endeavour. Alistair Moffats gripping narrative ranges from the great thaw at the end of the Ice Age which was instrumental in shaping Scotlands magnificent landscape through the megalith builders, the Celts and the Picts, to the ascension of King Constantine II. Moffat deploys his knowledge with wit and deftness, interweaving the story with numerous special features on topics as diverse as cave drawings of dancing girls, natural birth control, the myth of Atlantis and the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence all of them valuable, sometimes quirky, additions to the whole picture. Rounding out the account is a selection of carefully chosen colour photographs that give a strong sense of the Scottish landscape and monuments. Erudite and entertaining, Before Scotland, newly available in paperback, transforms our understanding of a neglected period. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the land that became Scotland.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History

User Review  - Goodreads

A great reference book and very readable. Read full review

Review: Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History

User Review  - Goodreads

My biggest issue with this book is the author's soft spot for prehistory. While it makes him a values source for anything BC, once the time line hits 500 AD, he sabotages himself with outdated ... Read full review


Chapter2 The Ice Domes

6 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Alistair Moffat is a well-known writer and television producer. His previous books include Before Scotland, Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms, and The Borders. He lives in Scotland.

Bibliographic information