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Why is Scotland so often absent in studies of Britain and Europe in the early medieval period?

Why is Scotland so often absent in studies of Britain and Europe in the early medieval period?

Paper given by David Clarke

Delivered at Arcadia University, Edinburgh, on 18 October 2012

To understand a culture, we must look to its past. There are three separate elements to be considered in the question of why Scotland is so often absent from the larger studies of early medieval Europe: First, it needs to be demonstrated that Scotland is indeed regularly absent from wider discussions. Second, it must be investigated why this is so. And third, it will be helpful to look at some examples of the areas where the Scottish evidence might usefully contribute to larger reviews. In other words, why Scotland’s absence reflects more than just our perceptions of its past.

Dr David Clarke is a former Keeper of Archaeology with the National Museums of Scotland.

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