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  • Roman Silver Hoard Discovered in Scotland

    06/18/2016 12:53:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | editors
    Researchers led by Gordon Noble of the University of Aberdeen returned to a farmer’s field in northeastern Scotland where a hand pin, chain, and spiral bangle all made of silver in the fourth or fifth centuries A.D. had been found more than 170 years ago. According to a report in Live Science, on the second day of the investigation, the team, which had the assistance of metal detectorists, found three Roman silver coins, a silver strap end, a piece of a silver bracelet, and pieces of hack silver. Over a period of 18 months, they gathered a total of 100...
  • Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs

    05/24/2016 9:44:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    LANSING — The federal government’s involvement in health care policy has grown dramatically over recent decades. But when it comes to how and where health care services are delivered, and who may or may not provide care, state governments still play a major role — one Michigan is performing badly. That's the message from a panel of experts from Michigan and elsewhere recently assembled in Lansing, who offered some specific reforms that would make care more accessible and affordable in this state. The panel of four experts assembled for a Mackinac Center event called “Free Market Solutions to Problems in...
  • DNA shows Irish people have more complex origins than previously thought

    01/11/2014 6:13:55 AM PST · by NYer · 70 replies ^ | July 5, 2013 | Marie McKeown
    The blood in Irish veins is Celtic, right? Well, not exactly. Although the history many Irish people were taught at school is the history of the Irish as a Celtic race, the truth is much more complicated, and much more interesting than that ... Research done into the DNA of Irish males has shown that the old Anthropological attempts to define 'Irish' have been misguided. As late as the 1950s researchers were busy collecting data among Irish people such as hair colour and height, in order to categorise them as a 'race' and define them as different to the British....
  • Scotland will only get warship orders if voters reject independence, warn UK ministers

    11/08/2013 9:15:49 AM PST · by Smartisan · 20 replies
    Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, triggered a huge political row by announcing that shipbuilding will end at the historic yard at Portsmouth next year, while Govan and Scotstoun on the Clyde remain open. Furious English MPs accused him of attempting to bribe the Scots into rejecting separation, despite his insistence that the defence giant BAE Systems had reached the decision on purely commercial grounds. Both Mr Hammond, and Alistair Carmichael, the Scottish Secretary, gave clear indications that a pledge that went with the announcement - to award the next multi-billion pound naval contract to Scotland - would be reversed in...
  • Romans went to war on diet of pizza, dig shows.

    08/26/2002 2:20:42 PM PDT · by vannrox · 76 replies · 1,858+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Mon 26 Aug 2002 | John Innes
    Romans went to war on diet of pizza, dig shows John Innes ROMAN soldiers went to war on egg and pizza according to archaeological analysis of Roman army toilets in Scotland. Scientists also have discovered that the soldiers also appear to have gone to the lavatory in pairs. Further analysis of the 2,000-year old remains of the legionnaires’ breakfasts may produce more clues to the diet and eating habits of the troops led by Gnaeus Agricola. They forced their way to the north of Scotland and victory over Caledonian tribesmen at the battle of Mons Graupius in 84 AD. But...
  • The Sea Peoples

    11/11/2006 4:12:45 PM PST · by blam · 60 replies · 2,093+ views
    THE SEA PEOPLES All at once, they were on the move, scattered in war. They laid their hands upon the lands to the very circuit of the earth, their hearts confident and trusting; Our plans will succeed... " (Ramesses III). The name "Peoples of the Sea" comes directly from the Egyptian records, describing the Sea Peoples' exploits. As their collective name tells us, they were tribes who had developed a life style almost totally dependent upon the sea. They perfected boats, sailing and navigational techniques for fishing offshore as well as long distance travel and explored much of the Atlantic...
  • Genetic Survey Reveals Hidden Celts Of England

    12/06/2001 6:35:33 AM PST · by blam · 265 replies · 14,233+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 12-02-2001 | John Elliott/Tom Robbins
    SUNDAY DECEMBER 02 2001 Genetic survey reveals hidden Celts of England JOHN ELLIOTT AND TOM ROBBINS THE Celts of Scotland and Wales are not as unique as some of them like to think. New research has revealed that the majority of Britons living in the south of England share the same DNA as their Celtic counterparts. The findings, based on the DNA analysis of more than 2,000 people, poses the strongest challenge yet to the conventional historical view that the ancient Britons were forced out of most of England by hordes of Anglo-Saxon invaders. It suggests that far from being ...
  • English and Welsh are races apart DNA

    06/16/2010 12:25:16 AM PDT · by restornu · 50 replies · 1,167+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, 30 June, 2002,
    Genetic tests show clear differences between the Welsh and English It suggests that between 50% and 100% of the indigenous population of what was to become England was wiped out, with Offa's Dyke acting as a "genetic barrier" protecting those on the Welsh side. had genes that were almost identical. But there were clear differences between the genetic make-up of Welsh people studied. The research team studied the Y-chromosome, which is passed almost unchanged from father to son, and looked for certain genetic markers. Ethnic links: Many races share common bonds The English and Frisians studied had almost identical genetic...
  • London - Red hair may be the genetic legacy of Neanderthals...

    01/16/2005 12:47:07 PM PST · by IGBT · 372 replies · 26,595+ views
    Planet ^ | 1/14/05 | Planet
    London - Red hair may be the genetic legacy of Neanderthals, according to a new study by British scientists. Researchers at the John Radcliffe Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford were quoted by The Times as saying the so-called "ginger gene" which gives people red hair, fair skin and freckles could be up to 100 000 years old. They claim that their discovery points to the gene having originated in Neanderthal man who lived in Europe for 200 000 years before Homo sapien settlers, the ancestors of modern man, arrived from Africa about 40 000 years ago. Rosalind Harding, the...
  • King Arthur's round table may have been found by archaeologists in Scotland

    08/26/2011 1:05:30 PM PDT · by Palter · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 Aug 2011 | Telegraph
    Archaeologists searching for King Arthur's round table have found a "circular feature" beneath the historic King's Knot in Stirling. The King's Knot, a geometrical earthwork in the former royal gardens below Stirling Castle, has been shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years. Though the Knot as it appears today dates from the 1620s, its flat-topped central mound is thought to be much older. Writers going back more than six centuries have linked the landmark to the legend of King Arthur. Archaeologists from Glasgow University, working with the Stirling Local History Society and Stirling Field and Archaeological Society, conducted the first...
  • Ancient Welsh city found

    08/15/2006 7:52:05 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 46 replies · 1,429+ views
    News Wales ^ | 14 Aug 2006 | News Wales
    Caer Caradoc at Mynydd y Gaer, Glamorgan, is one of the most important locations in all of ancient British history. It is the fabled fortress city of King Caradoc 1, son of Arch, who fought the Romans from 42-51AD. And now, a small team of dedicated researchers working with historians Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett, have been able to pinpoint the location of this site. "It is great news for the local, regional and national economy," said Alan Wilson today. "We have been making these discoveries for many years and with the Electrum Cross discovered at nearby St. Peter's in...
  • 'Hardwired' to create rock doodles; professor says ancient art was 'an instinct'

    11/13/2009 6:01:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 522+ views
    Prescott Daily Courier ^ | Monday, November 09, 2009 | Bruce Colbert
    Images pecked in stone hundreds to thousands of years ago could be for religious reasons, to mark territories or simple doodles such as those still made today by children and adults. That is according to Dr. Ekkehart Malotki, a preeminent researcher into the history of rock art. "Creating art is a distinct piece of our biological make-up," he told about 50 people Saturday during his lecture at Deer Valley Rock Art Center. "It is an instinct." Malotki, a professor emeritus of languages at Northern Arizona University, said no one would ever know the true meaning of images pecked or painted...
  • Giant flood separates Britain from Europe

    07/18/2007 2:08:03 PM PDT · by FoolNoMore · 34 replies · 1,003+ views
    AP ^ | Jul 18, 4:22 PM (ET) | THOMAS WAGNER
    Study: Megaflood Separated U.K., France Jul 18, 4:22 PM (ET) By THOMAS WAGNER LONDON (AP) - One of Earth's largest-ever megafloods broke apart a strip of land connecting what is now Britain and France, permanently separating them, a new study says. The flood unleashed about 35 million cubic feet of water per second, 100 times greater than the water discharge of the Mississippi River. The natural disaster, which occurred about 400,000 years ago during a glacial period, was later followed by rising sea levels that created what is now the English Channel, the study says. It is not known if...
  • Who Were The Celts?

    09/26/2002 8:29:44 AM PDT · by blam · 121 replies · 1,828+ views ^ | unknown
    Who were the Celts? The Celts were a group of peoples that occupied lands stretching from the British Isles to Gallatia. The Celts had many dealings with other cultures that bordered the lands occupied by these peoples, and even though there is no written record of the Celts stemming from their own documents, we can piece together a fair picture of them from archeological evidence as well as historical accounts from other cultures. The first historical recorded encounter of a people displaying the cultural traits associated with the Celts comes from northern Italy around 400 BC, when a previously unkown...
  • Peoples Of Britain

    08/28/2007 9:02:50 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 1,513+ views
    BBC ^ | Dr Simon James
    Peoples of Britain By Dr Simon James Did the Celts exist? Simon James asks just who were the Britons - and did the Celts ever really exist? Uncover the fascinating ethnic and cultural history of the peoples of Briton, and assess the impact of the many invaders of Britain's shores. Introduction The story of early Britain has traditionally been told in terms of waves of invaders displacing or annihilating their predecessors. Archaeology suggests that this picture is fundamentally wrong. For over 10,000 years people have been moving into - and out of - Britain, sometimes in substantial numbers, yet there...
  • 'Lost' Coronation Abbey Unearthed (Robert The Bruce)

    07/20/2007 2:39:43 PM PDT · by blam · 45 replies · 1,350+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-20-2007
    'Lost' coronation abbey unearthed Experts have found the abbey where Robert the Bruce was crowned Archaeologists have unearthed the site where Robert the Bruce was crowned king of Scotland. The location of the abbey at Moot Hill, the original home of the Stone of Destiny, was forgotten centuries ago. But it has now been identified by experts from Glasgow University who have been surveying the grounds of Scone Palace for the first time. They used scanners to detect buried structures and found part of the abbey church and a bell tower. The coronation of Pictish and Scottish kings took place...
  • English And Welsh Are Races Apart

    07/04/2002 5:27:12 PM PDT · by blam · 430 replies · 7,356+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-30-2002
    Sunday, 30 June, 2002, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK English and Welsh are races apart Gene scientists claim to have found proof that the Welsh are the "true" Britons. The research supports the idea that Celtic Britain underwent a form of ethnic cleansing by Anglo-Saxons invaders following the Roman withdrawal in the fifth century. Genetic tests show clear differences between the Welsh and English It suggests that between 50% and 100% of the indigenous population of what was to become England was wiped out, with Offa's Dyke acting as a "genetic barrier" protecting those on the Welsh side. And the upheaval...
  • Y Chromosomes Rewrite British History

    06/24/2003 10:33:30 AM PDT · by blam · 91 replies · 5,152+ views
    Nature ^ | 6-19-2003 | Hannah Hoag
    Y chromosomes rewrite British historyAnglo-Saxons' genetic stamp weaker than historians suspected 19 June 2003 HANNAH HOAG Some Scottish men's Y's are remarkably similar to those of southern England. © GettyImages A new survey of Y chromosomes in the British Isles suggests that the Anglo-Saxons failed to leave as much of a genetic stamp on the UK as history books imply1. Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes, Vikings and Normans invaded Britain repeatedly between 50 BC and AD 1050. Many historians ascribe much of the British ancestry to the Anglo-Saxons because their written legacy overshadows that of the Celts. But the Y chromosomes of...
  • Shetland's past comes to life amid the ruins

    04/17/2006 10:29:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 311+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Tuesday, 18th April 2006 | Caroline Wickham-Jones
    The people of Jarlshof threw garbage into dumps from before 2500 BC but, although their waste was unwanted, their refuse has been anything but rubbish for archaeologists investigating their lives. We know that the Stone Age settlers lived in small circular stone houses, that they tilled crops, kept cattle and sheep, and harvested the sea for fish and whales, seals and shellfish. They also made tools - some finely decorated - from stone, pottery and bone... In the 19th century the site was visited by Sir Walter Scott who christened the ruined hall "Jarlshof", and the name has stuck since....
  • Ogham alphabet

    07/27/2004 11:34:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 772+ views
    Glossemata Genealogicæ ^ | The Alphabetary Heraldic
    Ogham inscriptions : [600 bc] primitive inscriptions of the old Q-Celt (600 bc) or the newer P-Celt (400 bc) that survive in the British Isles. We have a total of approximately 375 Ogham inscriptions. Ireland has some 316 Ogham inscriptions, Wales has 40 inscriptions, and the Isle of Man has 10 inscriptions. One inscription survived at Silchester in southern England, and a few Pictish Ogham inscriptions have been found in Scotland, as far north as the Shetland Islands. Ogham script often runs upward, in a vertical manner, for it was originally written as notches on wooden staves. Oghams :...
  • Roman Brooch find in Shetland extends ancient travel routes

    07/11/2003 7:21:17 PM PDT · by WoofDog123 · 16 replies · 1,152+ views
    the herald(uk) ^ | 11JULY03 | Stephen Stewart
    Roman brooch find in Shetland extends ancient travel routes STEPHEN STEWART AMATEUR archaeologists may have found Britain's most northerly ancient Roman artefact, it emerged yesterday. The fibula, or brooch, which has been dated to between 50BC and 50AD, could have belonged to an islander returning to the area around Norwick on Shetland after serving in the Roman army. The archaeologists made the find when they were called in after bulldozers unearthed items while extending the graveyard at Norwick. It is highly unusual to find Roman goods so far north and the item gives a revealing insight into trade routes and...
  • We're nearly all Celts under the skin [In Great Britain]

    09/23/2006 10:33:58 AM PDT · by Torie · 134 replies · 3,445+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 21, 2006 | IAN JOHNSTON
    We're nearly all Celts under the skin IAN JOHNSTON SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT A MAJOR genetic study of the population of Britain appears to have put an end to the idea of the "Celtic fringe" of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Instead, a research team at Oxford University has found the majority of Britons are Celts descended from Spanish tribes who began arriving about 7,000 years ago. Even in England, about 64 per cent of people are descended from these Celts, outnumbering the descendants of Anglo- Saxons by about three to one. The proportion of Celts is only slightly higher in Scotland, at...
  • Viking burial ground dispels myth of longship marauders

    09/20/2004 11:11:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 801+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday September 7, 2004 | Lee Glendinning and Maev Kennedy
    The Vikings were buried within 10 metres (30ft) of each other. In the 1940s at Ingleby in Derbyshire a burial ground was found, but it held cremated ashes buried in earthenware pots, with few artefacts. The only other group of bodies found was a battlefield cemetery at nearby Repton. The Cumbria burials were completely different. These were clearly not the longship pirates of legend, but a settled, wealthy, peaceful community. Sir Neil added that the find provided rare evidence of Vikings as settlers who integrated into English life.
  • World Heritage bid hope for wall [ Antonine Wall in Scotland ]

    06/20/2006 10:57:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 204+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 20 June 2006 | unattributed
    Scotland's culture minister has thrown her weight behind the bid to make the Antonine Wall a World Heritage Site... Five local authorities are also supporting the bid, which was officially launched in 2003. The Antonine Wall runs 37 miles from Bo'ness, near Falkirk, to Old Kilpatrick in West Dunbartonshire... built in 140AD to keep Pictish warriors out of the Roman Empire after the conquest of southern Scotland... The Antonine Wall was built after the Romans invaded southern and central Scotland almost 2,000 years ago. It became a monument to the reign of Emperor Antonius Pius but was abandoned after just...
  • Fairies stop developers' bulldozers in their tracks

    11/21/2005 7:18:42 AM PST · by Sunsong · 69 replies · 2,264+ views
    Times Online ^ | 11/21/05 | Will Pavia and Chris Windle
    VILLAGERS who protested that a new housing estate would “harm the fairies” living in their midst have forced a property company to scrap its building plans and start again. Marcus Salter, head of Genesis Properties, estimates that the small colony of fairies believed to live beneath a rock in St Fillans, Perthshire, has cost him £15,000. His first notice of the residential sensibilities of the netherworld came as his diggers moved on to a site on the outskirts of the village, which crowns the easterly shore of Loch Earn. He said: “A neighbour came over shouting, ‘Don’t move that rock....
  • Scotland's Whirling Goddess or the Holy Grail?

    08/28/2006 8:16:53 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 44 replies · 1,874+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 24 Aug 2006 | DAVID MCDOWELL
    STARING into the terrifying thunderous tumult of the Corryvreckan whirlpool, it's easy to see why its sheer primal energy has fascinated people for centuries. Now Edinburgh folklorist Stuart McHardy has suggested a startling new theory - that the awe-inspiring natural vortex between the islands of Scarba and Jura in Argyll and Bute was the true origin of the Holy Grail. At its wildest, some say the whirlpool forms a spectacular swirling cauldron 300 feet wide and 100 feet deep. The cause is hidden beneath the waves – a giant rock pinnacle rising from the depths to within 95 feet of...
  • The berber and Scots

    09/17/2004 10:19:51 AM PDT · by pure berber · 33 replies · 390+ views
    Internet | 17-09-2004 | Berber
    Hellow man, Don`t mind my bad English. Firstly I want to make clear that the berber(we call oure self Amazigh) wich means free people are NOT Lybians!! There are berber tribes in Libia butt that is it. I am from berber origin (Atlas Mountains Morocco) now living in Holland. I am trying to search my identity. I red some artikels obout the Picts Living in Scotland that I found very interesting. I also red in another artikel written by a Scottish missionary, he wrote the article "The Berber oure distant cousins". I know that the Scottish people are a proud...
  • Split Between English and Scots Older Than Thought

    04/11/2004 6:50:11 PM PDT · by WoofDog123 · 64 replies · 2,523+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 11APR04 | Louise Gray
    The ancient split between the English and Scots is older than previously thought, an Oxford don said today. Traditionally the difference between the English and Scots, Welsh, Irish and Cornish was attributed to the foreign influence of invading forces such as the Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Vikings settling in different areas of Britain hundreds of years ago. But Professor Stephen Oppenheimer of Oxford University, believes the difference originates much further back in history. In a book tracing humankind from its origins in Africa 80,000 years ago, Prof Oppenheimer develops a theory of the original inhabitants of Britain. The professor of clinical...
  • Ancient palace found in dig on hill[UK]

    08/02/2008 7:28:38 AM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 231+ views
    The Press and Journal ^ | 02 Aug 2008 | Alistair Beaton
    Archaeologists uncover Aberdeenshire’s hidden history on slopes of Bennachie Archaeologists have uncovered ancient traces, from tiny bead ornaments to massive walls, of a forgotten prince’s palace on the slopes of Bennachie in Aberdeenshire. Only yards from a busy car park used by walkers visiting the landmark hill, a 15-strong team rediscovered remains of Maiden Castle just below the surface of a wooded hillside mound. A stone’s throw from the Rowantree car park, near Pitcaple, and also close to one of the most important Pictish carved monuments in the country, the two-week dig confirmed the importance of the 2,000-year-old fort area....
  • Gene Study Shows Ties Long Veiled in Europe [repost]

    06/16/2010 8:44:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 616+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 10, 2001 | Nicholas Wade
    From studying the present day population of the Orkneys, a small archipelago off the northeast coast of Scotland, geneticists from University College, in London, have gained a deep insight into the earliest inhabitants of Europe. Of the medley of peoples who populated Britain, neither the Anglo-Saxons nor the Romans ever settled the distant Orkneys. The Romans called the islands' inhabitants picti, or painted people. The Celtic-speaking Picts dominated the islands until the arrival of the Vikings about A.D. 800. The islanders then spoke Norn until the 18th century when this ancient form of Norse was replaced by English, brought in...
  • DNA Test Can Detect Picts' Descendants

    08/14/2006 6:17:14 PM PDT · by blam · 83 replies · 4,128+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-14-2006 | Auslan Cramb
    DNA test can detect Picts' descendants By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent (Filed: 14/08/2006) A geneticist has created a DNA test for "Scottishness" that will tell people whether they are direct descendants of the Picts. The test, expected to cost about £130, checks a sample of saliva against 27 genetic markers linked to some of the earliest inhabitants of Scotland. Dr Jim Wilson, of the public health sciences department at Edinburgh University, said: "We started this work a few years ago, looking at the Norse component, and we proved that a large proportion of people on Orkney are descended from Vikings....
  • Clues to ancient invasion in DNA [ Scotland, Ireland, Picts, Vikings ]

    04/06/2009 10:00:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 1,344+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2009 | unattributed
    Scientific evidence of an ancient invasion of Scotland from Ireland may have been uncovered by DNA techniques. Researchers from Edinburgh University said studies of Scots living on Islay, Lewis, Harris and Skye found strong links with Irish people. Early historical sources recount how the Gaels came from Ireland about 500 AD and conquered the Picts in Argyll. Scientists said the study was the first demonstration of a significant Irish genetics component in Scots' ancestry. The research, which features work by geneticist Dr Jim Wilson, a specialist in population genetics, is being featured in programmes on Gaelic television channel BBC Alba....
  • Ancient language mystery deepens (Scotland)

    08/11/2010 2:35:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 75 replies
    BBC ^ | August 10, 2010 | Victoria Gill
    A linguistic mystery has arisen surrounding symbol-inscribed stones in Scotland that predate the formation of the country itself.The stones are believed to have been carved by members of an ancient people known as the Picts, who thrived in what is now Scotland from the 4th to the 9th Centuries. These symbols, researchers say, are probably "words" rather than images. But their conclusions have raised criticism from some linguists. The research team, led by Professor Rob Lee from Exeter University in the UK, examined symbols on more than 200 carved stones. They used a mathematical method to quantify patterns contained within...
  • New Written Language of Ancient Scotland Discovered

    04/06/2010 4:24:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies · 1,057+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Jennifer Viegas
    photo: Rob Knell and Rob Lee The ancestors of modern Scottish people left behind mysterious, carved stones that new research has just determined contain the written language of the Picts, an Iron Age society that existed in Scotland from 300 to 843. The highly stylized rock engravings, found on what are known as the Pictish Stones, had once been thought to be rock art or tied to heraldry. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, instead concludes that the engravings represent the long lost language of the Picts, a confederation of Celtic tribes that...
  • Archaeologists may reveal millennium stone secrets [ Picts , St Orland's stone ]

    08/26/2008 5:11:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 121+ views
    A millennium-old mystery may soon be at a close after archaeologists began investigating a unique Pictish stone near Glamis... It is thought the stone once marked the western edge of Forfar Loch. If, as is thought, the stone has remained unmoved at the same site for more than 1100 years then it could provide a unique window into the past. Most stones of its type have been moved from their original sites -- destroying their link to the land and hindering the work of those trying to decipher what messages they were intended to convey. St Orland's stone also bares...
  • How seat fit for a king has cast new light on Scotland's dark ages

    11/27/2009 12:03:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies · 1,423+ views
    The Scotsman (sleeping, strong and handsome built) ^ | Friday, November 27, 2009 | Tim Cornwell
    The first Pictish throne to be built for a millennium has been unveiled by researchers investigating the lives of Scotland's most mysterious tribal people. The team spent a year crafting the oak of five Scottish trees into a design modelled on ancient carvings in a project that cost around £10,000. Raised thrones were important symbols of Pictish power for church leaders and kings, but none survive. The project at the National Museums of Scotland (NMS) is part of a three-year research programme, sponsored by the Glenmorangie whisky company, and aims to improve understanding of Scottish history from 300AD to 900AD......
  • Dig team find proof there were Picts on the Brough of Deerness before the Vikings

    10/12/2011 4:10:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 51 replies
    Orkneyjar ^ | Thursday, August 11, 2011 | Sigurd Towrie
    One of the most significant discoveries of this year's dig is conclusive evidence that the earliest viking houses, thought to date from around AD900, were preceded by a Pictish settlement. Previously -- excavations were carried out in 2008 and 2009 -- a number of Pictish artefacts had been found on the site, but there was no actual proof that the Picts lived there... One question that has yet to be answered though, is what happened in the transition between the Pict and the viking villages, and, as yet, no evidence has been found of an integration between the two. "In...
  • Lost Capital Of Scotland Uncovered

    07/06/2002 4:49:47 PM PDT · by blam · 39 replies · 960+ views
    Sunday Herald ^ | Jennifer Johnston
    Lost capital of Scotland uncovered Dark Age fort found near Wallace Monument proves Stirling was home of Scottish warlords By Jenifer Johnston Workers laying cables to floodlight the National Wallace Monument have uncovered a 1500-year-old citadel which confirms the site of Scotland's lost capital. Archaeologists believe the ruins establish a much earlier time of sophisticated battles near Stirling. An archaeological report published yesterday reveals that the cliff-top fortification on the volcanic Abbey Craig was a 'Dark Age citadel' occupied between 500 and 780AD. The discovery of entrances, stone walls and timber ramparts provides the first evidence that Stirling was one...
  • Discovery of early medieval royal stronghold in southwest Scotland [ the Picts ]

    07/27/2012 9:55:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | unattributed
    Trusty's Hill, near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway, is best known for the Pictish Symbols carved into a natural rock outcrop at the fort's entrance. However, in recent years, many historians have begun to doubt whether these carvings were genuine, some even suggesting that the carvings are forgeries... As well as an abundance of domestic waste, including animal bones, stone and metal tools and a spindle whorl, from 'dark soil' occupation deposits sealed by the collapsed ramparts of the fort, the excavators recovered numerous crucible and clay mould fragments, metalworking debris and a variety of iron pins and...
  • Pictish stone found by gravedigger most significant in decade – expert[Shetland]

    06/06/2008 7:58:43 AM PDT · by BGHater · 29 replies · 601+ views
    Shetland Today ^ | 06 June 2008 | Heather Baillache
    A PICTISH stone found in Cunningsburgh has been described as the most important archaeological discovery in Shetland for 10 years. It was found in Mail cemetery by gravedigger Malcolm Smith, his second such find in 16 years The sculptured stone is inscribed with mysterious symbols and dates back to the dark ages. It is the ninth stone of its kind to be discovered in the same area in the last 130 years. Its significance has been high­lighted by Dr Ian Tait, collections curator at the Shetland Museum and Archives. “It is extremely exciting because it is a single find which...
  • Dig Unearths 1,500 Year Old 'Tarbat Man' (Pict)

    09/23/2005 4:05:01 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 1,685+ views
    North Star ^ | 9-22-2005
    Dig unearths 1,500 year old 'Tarbat Man' HUMAN remains have been discovered at Portmahomack - but police will not be called in as the skeleton is thought to be around 1,500 years old and likely to be that of a Pictish monk. The discovery was made by archaeologists from the University of York who come to the Port each season to dig in the grounds of the Tarbat Old Church, one of the most important Pictish sites in Scotland. They are excited by the find came in the last week of the archaeological dig and means that the team will...
  • Lasers Conserve Pictish Treasures

    02/14/2008 2:40:39 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 144+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-14-2008
    Lasers conserve Pictish treasures The Pictish carved stones date from the decades before 843 AD High-tech laser technology has been used to record and conserve one of the finest collections of Pictish carved stones in Scotland. The St Vigeans Stones from Arbroath are being cleaned by a specialist team of Historic Scotland experts in Edinburgh. Earlier efforts at conservation, dating back to the 1960s, carried out using the best techniques of the time have now reached the end of their life. The project removes the earlier repairs and uses more modern treatments. The project is part of works to upgrade...
  • Pictish beast intrigues Highland archaeologists

    09/14/2011 11:42:04 AM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | September 14, 2011 | Steven McKenzie
    A Pictish symbol stone built into the wall of a Highland farm building has been recorded by archaeologists.The markings show a beast, crescent, comb and mirror. Archaeologist Cait McCullagh said it was a mystery how it had taken until this year for the stone to be officially recorded. She said it also suggested that more Pictish stones have still to be documented on the Black Isle where the beast was recorded. Ms McCullagh, the co-founder and director of Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (Arch), said the symbol stones probably dated from the 5th to 7th centuries AD. She said...
  • Dunning Iron Age find shows Roman-Pictish link

    09/01/2011 6:35:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 31st 2011 | unattributed
    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...
  • New excavations to find lost Pictish kingdom

    05/12/2013 5:57:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    The Scotsman, tall and handsome built ^ | May 10, 2013 | Frank Urquhart
    Until recently historians had believed that Fortriu -- one of the most powerful Kingdoms of the “painted people” -- had been based in Perthshire. But recent research has now placed the Pictish stronghold much further north to the Moray Firth area. And it was revealed today that a team of archaeologists from Aberdeen University are to embark on a series of excavations on the Tarbat peninsula in Ross-shire where archaeologists have already uncovered evidence of the only Pictish monastic settlement found in Scotland to date... The team of archaeologists also plan to examine the Pictish cross slabs found at Shandwick,...
  • 'First tartan' on Roman statue

    02/10/2013 9:10:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 3, 2012 | unattributed
    Remnants of a Roman statue in North Africa could be the "first-ever depiction of tartan", according to a BBC Scotland documentary. A piece of a bronze statue of the Emperor Caracalla contains the small figure of a Caledonian warrior wearing what appears to be tartan trews. The third century Roman emperor Caracalla styled himself as the conqueror of the Caledonians. A statue marking his achievements stood in the Moroccan city of Volubilis. It stood above a great archway in the ancient city, which lay in the south west of the Roman empire, 1,500 miles from Caledonia -- modern day Scotland....
  • About 3,000 attend Tea Party event in Caledonia

    01/16/2010 7:35:47 PM PST · by mdittmar · 9 replies · 579+ views ^ | January 16, 2010 | MICHAEL BURKE
    CALEDONIA - Education isn't just for your children - it's for you too, Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher told a frozen but enthusiastic crowd Saturday. The setting for the latest Tea Party - this one dubbed the Tea Party Bonfire - was Wendell Anderson's farm on Highway H. Despite cold, damp winter weather, organizers reported from the stage that they'd counted more than 3,000 heads. The event jammed Highway H for about a mile in each direction; other participants were shuttled to and from the event on yellow school buses from Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Park. People were still arriving at 3:55...
  • A Canadian ban on minarets?

    12/12/2009 4:56:01 PM PST · by fanfan · 14 replies · 537+ views
    Canada Politics Examiner ^ | Dec 12, 2009 | Brian Lilley
    Is Canada ready to ban minarets the way the Swiss have? Not likely. What about electing members of a political party like the British National Party that openly deals in policies that are based on race? Again I don’t think so, at least not yet. Canadians are a pretty tolerant bunch, we welcome people from all corners and have for generations, but that tolerance could be stretched not by the actions of minority groups so much as the actions or inactions of government. Reading coverage of the Caledonia court case (see here and here) that pits two residents against the...
  • Where's the rule of law when you need it?

    10/13/2006 9:34:54 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 6 replies · 397+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Fri 13 Oct 2006 | Lorne Gunter
    Where's the rule of law when you need it? National Post Fri 13 Oct 2006 Page: A16 Section: Editorials Byline: Lorne Gunter When the subject is two-tiered health care, Canadian politicians are quick to insist they will accept nothing less than a single standard for all Canadians. But when there is a two-tiered application of the law -- one for natives and another for non-natives -- our leaders mumble, cast their gazes downward and paw the ground. None of them wants to touch the subject. These passionate defenders of equality for all suddenly become blobs of inarticulate jelly. Sunday,...
  • OPP cedes control of Caledonia road (Ontario cops won't respond to calls)

    06/23/2006 11:58:28 AM PDT · by fanfan · 27 replies · 757+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Jun. 23, 2006. | JESSICA LEEDER AND RICHARD BRENNAN
    OPP cedes control of Caledonia road Won't go to calls from non-natives on 6th Line Six Nations police given sway on Caledonia roadAmid concerns over lack of police action in Caledonia, the Ontario Provincial Police have turned over part of their policing responsibility on the outskirts of the town to Six Nations officers, the force confirmed yesterday. OPP officers will no longer respond to calls from non-native home and property owners who live on the 6th Line, a county road running along the southwest border of a housing development occupied by native protestors — a move that has some residents...