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Pictish Archaeology: Persistent Problems And Structural Solutions

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The prominence of archaeology in discussions of the Picts can be explained partially by the scant historical evidence, but the fascinating character of Pictish material culture also plays a part. An important aspect of the Pictish phenomenon is that it encompassed the heterogeneous and sprawling landscapes of northern Scotland as far as both the Northern and Western Isles, with the consequence that Pictish material culture blends universal Pictish traits with distinctive regional traditions. Despite the grand spread of Pictish culture, the chapter concentrates on the mainland south of the Mounth, at the principle interface between the Roman world and Caledonia. The Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) project is an integrated landscape study of the ancient Pictish royal centre of Forteviot and its hinterland.

Keywords: Forteviot; Pictish archaeology; Pictish culture; SERF project



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