Strongholds of the Picts: The fortifications of Dark Age by Angus Konstam

By Angus Konstam

When the Romans left Britain round advert 410 the island had no longer been totally subjugated. within the Celtic edge of Caledonia - now Northern Scotland - those unconquered local peoples have been awarded with the chance to pillage what remained of Roman Britain. in terms of reaction the Post-Roman Britons of what's now Scotland did their most sensible to shield themselves from assault, and to maintain what they can of the commercial and administrative structures left in the back of through the Romans. whereas a few outdated Roman forts have been maintained, the Post-Roman Britons within the zone created new strongholds, or re-occupied many of the long-abandoned hill-forts first outfitted via their ancestors earlier than the arriving of the Romans. in the meantime the Caledonians - who developed into the Picts - trusted fortifications to keep up keep an eye on over their land.

Then a brand new wave of invaders arrived from around the Irish Sea. The Scots got here first to overcome, then to settle. of their wake got here the Angles and Saxons, riding north to occupy so much of Scotland so far as the Firth of Forth, and later the Vikings arrived from the north and east. throughout the number of resulting struggles, the Picts, Scots, Vikings, Northumbrians and North Britons made vast use of fortifications, the is still of which nonetheless dot the trendy landscape.

This publication strains the origins and improvement of those North British forts. It additionally touches at the means they served as secular or non secular facilities, seats of strength, or as boundaries opposed to invasion. it's going to additionally talk about the secret surrounding the Picts, and express how sleek archaeology has performed a lot to bare the best way those enigmatic humans waged conflict, and defended their strongholds.

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Com Design, technology and history of key fortresses, strategic positions and defensive systems STRONGHOLDS OF THE PICTS The fortifications of Dark Age Scotland In the period between the collapse of Roman authority and the establishment of the kingdom of Alba - the precursor to modern Scotland - much of the Highlands was dominated by a people known as the Picts. Although they lived at the edge of the known world, they were surrounded by enemies, with the Britons and later the Angles to the south and the Irish to the west.

It is well worth the climb. pdf Not all Early Historic strongholds were the same size. This useful diagram compares the size and layout of two Pictish forts (Dundurn and Urquhart) and two Scots' ones (Dunadd and Dunollie). The diagram also demonstrates comparative phrases of construction. Dunollie, Argyllshire Built on the shore overlooking the modern port of Oban, the site of the Early Historic stronghold of Dunollie is now dominated by the spectacular ruins of a small 13th-century castle. In the Early Historic period this was the fortress of Dun Ollaigh, stronghold of the Cenel Loairn sub-kingdom of the Dal Riatan Scots.

Dalmahoy Hill, Midlothian This impressive 'nuclear' fort covers the elongated summit of the hill, which dominates the surrounding area, particularly on its southern side. Kaimes Hill beside it was occupied during the Iron Age, but had fallen into disuse by the time the Early Historic stronghold on Dalmahoy Hill was built. The site has been excavated, but, despite its impressive location, few visible traces can be seen of the defences. The site is accessible on foot, and the views are well worth the steep climb to the summit - once the site of a stone-built citadel.

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