MLitt in Medieval Scottish Studies
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, north of Oban, commanding the approaches to Loch Etive.
Professor Thomas Owen Clancy (Celtic) tries the 'royal seat' at the hillfort of Dunadd for size.
Dr Ewan Campbell (Archaeology) discusses the 'footprint' and other carvings at Dunadd.
Which way is Mordor then?
'Look, nothing up my sleeves'. Professor Stephen Driscoll (Archaeology) illustrates the finer points of prehistoric burial in Kilmartin Glen.
Carnassarie Castle, Kilmartin; Renaissance influence comes to Scottish castle-building.
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.
Tomb decoration, Rosemarkie Cathedral.