Skip to comments.Dunning Iron Age find shows Roman-Pictish link
Posted on 09/01/2011 6:35:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeologists working near the village of Dunning found an Iron Age broch which has evidence of early contact between the Picts and the Roman Empire.
The broch -- a drystone wall structure -- is the first of its kind to be found in the Scottish lowlands for 100 years.
Evidence shows that the Roman dwelling was destroyed by fire and then probably reoccupied by a Pictish warlord...
Brochs were the preferred residence of the elite during Roman times. The team said the "exquisitely preserved" Dunning example was built at the top of a hill and offers a 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside.
It was also "massively fortified" with 5m (16.4ft) thick drystone walls.
It appears to have been destroyed by fire before the Picts built a palisaded fortress directly on top of the site...
A wide range of Roman trade goods have been discovered in the broch, including a bronze patera, a glass vessel and an unusual lead bowl.
The Professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Glasgow said it was "not unreasonable" to conclude the broch was the seat of a Celtic chieftain who collected luxury objects from the Roman world...
Serf archaeologists believe the broch is the best example of an Iron Age Roman site being reoccupied by the Picts.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
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This Thread Is Useless Without Picts.
Watching a game also, just checking in.
Amazing they found any artifacts -- you'd expect the site to be Pict clean...
One of the all-time best. Bravo.
Archaeologists found some of the artifacts by just Roman around.
I’ll bet a lot of people got Kelt over that.
She was a b##ch in that movie!
Nothing more angry then a woman without a tongue. She was amazing in that last scene when she came into that Fort on her white horse. Would not want her tracking me down.
My surname line comes from the Pictish area of Scotland. We held manors and some other buildings in areas that trace back to Pictish known history. Of course long after the Romans the Vikings did a number on the Pictish Kings, they certainly did not kill all the Picts. Mostly the Picts in the far north were wiped out.
They had good teeth up there because so many studied tanistry.
Sure it sucks, but you loched up all the good ones.
The Romans didn’t keep getting their butts handed to them, there simply wasn’t anything worth the cash and effort n of Hadrian’s Wall. In a way that may have been a consequence of Trajan’s conquest of Dacia, which was the largest single payoff in Roman history (the gold mines). His successor was Hadrian, who wanted to bang little boys in the butt undisturbed, and had to be talked out of retreating from Dacia, but who did retreat from the Persian Gulf, built the Wall. And once the wall was up, the frontier was quiet, other than the considerable economic activity. After the Romans left, part of the wall was used as a quarry for building stone. Most of the rest of the wall had been made of turf, as the Antonine Wall had been some miles to the north.
Fine. Show me other examples of these Roman built walls that were meant to keep out entire nations.
Oh. Another point. Some of the losing Celtic royalty retreated into Pictland. So at least the Lowlands were rich in targets. They were later followed by the losing Anglo-Saxon royalty as they fled the Normans. They were a bunch of reasons why a Scottish King eventually sat on the English throne.
Limes Germanicus. Limes Tripolitanus.