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MLitt in Medieval Scottish Studies

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To gain a real appreciation of the significant locations and landscapes of Scotland - which were far more than merely a backdrop to the history and culture of the medieval period - various field trips are arranged throughout the year.

Short trips are undertaken to places within easy reach of Glasgow - Stirling and Edinburgh being among these, but significant sites of lesser fame are also visited.

Longer trips are undertaken to locations further afield. The main trip in 2003 was to Kilmartin Glen in Argyll, one of the richest historic and prehistoric landscapes in Scotland; in 2004 the fascinating sites of the Black Isle and the Tarbat peninsula in Easter Ross were visited.

Needless to say, as well as academic endeavours the social aspects of field trips are not neglected!

Dunstaffnage Castle, Argyll

Dunstaffnage Castle, north of Oban, commanding the approaches to Loch Etive.

Comfy there?

Professor Thomas Owen Clancy (Celtic) tries the 'royal seat' at the hillfort of Dunadd for size.

Dunadd Hillfort, Argyll

Dr Ewan Campbell (Archaeology) discusses the 'footprint' and other carvings at Dunadd.

Passage to ground level from the summit of Dunadd

Which way is Mordor then?

Nether Largie Cairns, Argyll

'Look, nothing up my sleeves'. Professor Stephen Driscoll (Archaeology) illustrates the finer points of prehistoric burial in Kilmartin Glen.

Carnassarie Castle, Argyll

Carnassarie Castle, Kilmartin; Renaissance influence comes to Scottish castle-building.

The Unusual Suspects

Staff and postgraduates, Temple Wood, Kilmartin: (from L) Dr Stephen Boardman (Scottish History, Edinburgh University), K. Perkins, Dr Dauvit Broun (Scottish History), Ms Bronagh Ní Chonaill (Celtic), M. Hammond, Professor Thomas Owen Clancy (Celtic), K. Macfarlane, N. Evans.

Rosemarkie Cathedral, The Black Isle
Examining the remains of Rosemarkie Cathedral on the Black Isle .
The reproduction of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish stone, Easter Ross, in situ. Note the woman (a queen?) taking part in the hunt.
Hilton of Cadboll Reproduction
Ten paces and X marks the spot
Postgraduates and staff investigating Rosemarkie Cathedral.
Pictish symbol-stone, Dunkeld Cathedral, Perthshire. Probably a representation of the twelve apostles. Which ones are the sons of Zebedee?


Death comes to all, even scholars

Tomb decoration, Rosemarkie Cathedral.

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