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8. Ceramic and Cultural Change in the Hebrides AD 500–1300

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The Hebrides have long been considered an important area for consideration of the nature of Celtic-Norse relationships. This chapter outlines a ceramic sequence for the period c. AD 400-1100 based on the pottery from the Udal, North Uist, excavated by Iain Crawford in the 1960s and 1970s. The arrival of the Vikings is however recognisable in the sequence and impacts upon the ceramic forms and technology. Whether pottery is in use in the earliest Hebridean Viking settlements and the speed with which the new Viking style emerges remains to be demonstrated. The Viking pottery allows us to identify settlements throughout the pottery zone from Lewis to Tiree. The initial work on this pottery sequence facilitated the breakthroughs in settlement identification but full publication of the relevant sites and the study of their ceramics, in conjunction with the other artefact types, has the potential to tell us a great deal more.

Keywords: ceramic sequence; Crawford; Hebrides; Tiree; Udal; Viking pottery

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