IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 317: Stones, Divots and Machicolations: Monuments and Power in Medieval Scotland

Monday 14 July 2003, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:John A. Raven, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Stephen Boardman, Department of Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
Paper 317-aCrenellations on a Moving Axle: Architecture in Hebridean Gaelic Lordship
(Language: English)
John A. Raven, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - Secular, Geography and Settlement Studies, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 317-bStrength of a Clan: Castles, Territory and Society in the Central Scottish Highlands
(Language: English)
Chris Dalglish, Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 317-cScotland's Artificial and Modified Islands as Places of Strength
(Language: English)
Matthew Shelley, Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular
Abstract

Archaeological studies of medieval Scottish lanscapes have only recently begun to take root. The emphasis has traditionally lain in architectural and elite records, rarely considering the myriad of ways forms of architecture, art, and monuments have been exploited by elites to demonstrate the layered complexity of their identities, or how they were interacted with during mundane daily and ritualised seasonal activities. These papers will attempt to redress these issues. Examining how landscape setting, monumentality and other features may have been exploited for the expression of elite genealogy, class distinction, social power, economic dominance, military might and ethnic identity.