The simplest way to discuss Neolithic pottery in Highland Region is to consider it in three chronological segments – 39th century BC to c 3600 BC; c 3600 – c 3000 BC; and c 3000–c 2500 BC. These roughly correspond to the date ranges conventionally used to describe the Early, Middle and Late Neolithic.

Note: the following account cannot be regarded as definitive, since a significant amount of the Neolithic pottery finds, especially from recent developer-funded excavations in and around Inverness (especially those relating to the Inverness West Link Road), have not yet been published and in several cases the requisite specialist post-excavation work has not yet been undertaken. Early Neolithic Early to Middle and Middle Neolithic Late Neolithic Pottery (Grooved Ware)

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