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‘How British is Scotland? Archaeological Origins of Scotland’

Ewan Campbell (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology) & Stephen Driscoll (Professor of Historical Archaeology).

University of Glasgow

Archaeology has been used, and more often, misused, to try to create or support very different views of Scottish identity. This lecture will look at how archaeologists have approached the question of identity in Scotland from two perspectives. One is a cultural history tradition that seeks to map culture through the distribution of sites and artefacts, which has its roots in 19th-century antiquarian studies. The other is a more specific consideration of the archaeological understanding of identities in early medieval Scotland.