The first millennium AD saw considerable changes in societies across Scotland. Changing social systems and the spread of new ideas had an impact on life. New technologies, including writing, appeared alongside new ideas such as Christianity, and new people including the Norse and the Romans. This is mirrored in changes in material culture and use of the wider landscape.
Academic opinion is divided in studying this period. Some people advocate a long Iron Age, spanning the millennium. Others split the Iron Age from the early Medieval period, typically around AD 400, which has become a dividing line emblematic of a supposed watershed in the first millennium AD and a convenient shorthand for dividing Scottish history into a ‘before’ and ‘after’. The seminar will bring together scholars from across the period, looking at changes, causes and effects on societies in different parts of the country. Fuelled by established work, new research, and a formal debate with full audience participation, the usefulness of AD 400 as a dividing line will be explored. Should we look to a long Iron Age or stick with an early Medieval?
Download the 2012 FMSG day seminar programme as a .pdf
If you wish to attend please e-mail (Roderick.McCullagh [at] scotland [dot]gsi[dot]gov[dot]uk) to book your place. Space is limited to an audience of 100, so please make sure you have registered your attendance.