Noble, Gordon, Goldberg, D Martin and Hamilton, Derek (2018) The development of the Pictish symbol system: inscribing identity beyond the edges of Empire. Antiquity, 92 (365). pp. 1329-1348. ISSN 0003-598X

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Abstract

The date of unique symbolic carvings, from various contexts across north and east Scotland, has been debated for over a century. Excavations at key sites and direct dating of engraved bone artefacts have allowed for a more precise chronology, extending from the third/fourth centuries AD, broadly contemporaneous with other non-vernacular scripts developed beyond the frontiers of the Roman Empire, to the ninth century AD. These symbols were probably an elaborate, non-alphabetic writing system, a Pictish response to broader European changes in power and identity during the transition from the Roman Empire to the early medieval period.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scotland; Pictish; symbolism; carving; language; writing
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 16:51
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 16:51
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/2148

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