The subject matter of this thesis is Scottish Early Bronze
Age pottery: its typological classification, its distribution in
space and time and its associated relics.
The material upon which the enquiry has been based consists
of all the examples of urns which have been placed on record up to
date. A complete list of these examples, with details and bibliographical
references for each is given in two Appendices. Distribution
maps have been prepared and the numbers on them and in the
In order to provide a sufficient foundation on which to
base a thorough discussion of the subject it has been found necessary
to preface the whole by a deaoriptïon of the general oonditions
forming the Neolithic background to the Earliest Bronze Age.
In dealing with the ceramic the following are taken for
(1) The assumption that the Beaker penetration of Scotland
came from the south whether by land or sea.
(2) A working knowledge of Aberoromby's pioneer study of