RARFA: Early Medieval Argyll and Norse/Viking Argyll (AD 400 - AD 1100)

Campbell, E. and Batey, C. (2017) RARFA: Early Medieval Argyll and Norse/Viking Argyll (AD 400 - AD 1100). Project Report. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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Between AD 400 - 1100, the Kingdom of Dál Riata (Argyll) was a Gaelic speaking region. It is during this period that the Vikings first arrived in Argyll, with evidence for this mostly being focused on the islands. Christianity became increasingly important. Although Argyll and Bute has some of the most important early medieval sites in Scotland (eg Iona monastery and Dunadd royal fort), some of the best examples of early Christian carved stone monuments in Europe and a number of Viking/Norse graves (eg Kiloran Bay, Islay and Luss, Loch Lomond), in archaeological terms very little is known about this period. There has been much discussion about the development of the Dál Riata, the adoption of Christianity and the type of contact between Dál Riata and its neighbours (early Irish, British and Anglo-Saxon and then later Norse) but little is known about how ordinary people lived and died during this period, the types of buildings they lived in, how they managed the land and their early churches.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Keywords:Archaeology, research framework, Argyll.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Campbell, Dr Ewan and Batey, Dr Colleen
Authors: Campbell, E., and Batey, C.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Publisher:Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

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