Early medieval hilltop and enclosed settlements of Scotland during the first millennium AD

Gordon Noble* (Corresponding Author)

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Throughout western and northern Britain and in Ireland fortified settlement played important roles in creating new forms of society in the first millennium AD. Both the archaeological and historical records suggest that the mid 1st millennium AD was a dynamic period, where social, economic and elite culture transformed dramatically. Hilltop settlements and enclosed settlement more generally appear to have played instrumental roles in supporting and maintaining social hierarchies in this period. This chapter discusses the evidence for fortified settlement in early medieval Scotland, outlining the evidence for a diverse range of enclosure and hilltop settlement forms, how these forms
changed through time and the types of society that these settlements helped underpin. The evidence draws on a number of important new excavations over the last ten years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerchement et réalités fortifiées en Méditerranée et en Europe (Vème-Xème siècles)
Subtitle of host publicationFormes, rythmes, fonctions et acteurs
Editors Pergola, Castiglia, Essa Kas Hanna, Martinetto, Segura
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023
EventCongrès International d’Histoire et d’Archéologie - Roquebrune-sur-Argens, France
Duration: 19 Oct 201925 Oct 2022


ConferenceCongrès International d’Histoire et d’Archéologie
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  • Scotland
  • enclosed settlement
  • kingdoms
  • fort
  • belief


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