Fortifying rulership in late Iron Age-early medieval Scotland, c.300-1000 AD
Guest lecture with Dr. Gordon Noble, University of Aberdeen.
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Abstract: Since 2012 the University of Aberdeen has been conducting major research excavations on a series of fortified settlement enclosures in Pictland, Scotland. First mentioned in late Roman writings as a collection of troublesome social groupings north of the Roman frontier, the Picts went on to dominate northern and eastern Scotland until late first millennium AD. The excavations by the Department of Archaeology at Aberdeen have uncovered hitherto unknown high status settlements in northern Pictland in association with a series of dramatic symbol stone monuments. This talk will outline the results of the project and discuss ways in which we can track the development of rulership in the first millennium AD through the material record.