Discovering the Picts: From Enemies of Rome to Powerful Kingdoms of Early Medieval Scotland
Paper by Gordon Noble
Given online by the Royal Philosophical Society on October 6, 2021
Abstract: The Picts were first mentioned in late Roman sources and went on to become powerful rulers of northern Britain in what is now Northeast Scotland. Bereft of detailed historical sources, archaeological evidence is needed to illuminate the Pictish period. The Northern Picts project at the University of Aberdeen has been running for ten years and has provided dramatic new evidence for the Picts, their power centres and their iconic symbol stones. This talk will highlight some of the major successes of the project and provide an update on recent progress.
Professor Gordon Noble has undertaken landscape research and directed field projects across Scotland. He has worked on a wide range of landscapes and archaeology projects from the Mesolithic to Medieval periods. He was director and co-founder of Strathearn & Royal Forteviot (SERF), a successful archaeological project researching a site that became one of Scotland’s early royal centres. Click here to view his profile at the University of Aberdeen.
Gordon Noble and Nicholas Evans are the authors of The King in the North: The Pictish Realms of Fortriu and Ce