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Lecture | The Cradle of Scotland

Lecture | The Cradle of Scotland

Thu, Nov. 2, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series

Professor Stephen Driscoll of Glasgow University will talk about the archaeological project around Forteviot and the lower Strathearn valley, an area which played a central role in the development of the  Kingdom of Scotland from the 9th century. It was here that Kenneth McAlpin, traditionally the first king of a United Kingdom of the Picts and Scots, had his royal palace, and it was the site of important law-giving ceremonies and charter signings by kings until the 12th century. A major 10 year research project by archaeologists from the University of Glasgow has investigated why this area was so important.  It was found that Forteviot was the site of a major prehistoric ceremonial and burial centre  on a scale with Stonehenge, with a spectacular bronze age cist burial containing a gold handled  dagger with a whalebone hilt. It seems that the early Scottish kings used this ancient site to help to legitimise the kingdom, claiming their ancestors had always seen the site as sacred.

Lecturer Stephen Driscoll is Professor of Historical Archaeology at The University of Glasgow.  His primary interests revolve around the early Medieval Celtic world, with a particular focus on the Early Historic period in Scotland.  Since 2006 Professor Driscoll and his colleagues have been exploring the remarkable concentration of prehistoric ritual monuments, burials and Pictish royal palace site at Forteviot in its regional setting.  Professor Driscoll and Dr Ewan Campbell wrote Royal Forteviot: Forteviot in the 1st and 2nd Millennia AD.

6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences
£9 non-members | £7 Friends
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