IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 319: Identity, Art, and Getting-By: New Studies in Scottish Material Culture

Monday 13 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Mark A. Hall, Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Western Australia
Moderator/Chair:Mark A. Hall, Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Western Australia
Paper 319-aExploring Interaction and Identity in Early Historic Northern Britain: Reflections on Some Material Culture Evidence
(Language: English)
Alice Blackwell, Department of Scottish History & Archaeology, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 319-bMaterial Culture and Consumption in a Highland Burgh: The Case of Fortrose
(Language: English)
Stuart Campbell, Treasure Trove Unit, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 319-cThe Image of a Warrior Society: West Highland Sculpture from the 14th to the 16th Century
(Language: English)
David H. Caldwell, Department of Scotland & Europe, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Geography and Settlement Studies
Abstract

The diversity of medieval material culture studies in Scotland is reflected in these three wide-ranging papers that, combined, span the earlier and later Middle Ages. They explore issues of identity, regionality, artistic expression, and economic prosperity through contrasting approaches to the material culture record. Alice Blackwell examines the role of Anglo-Saxon material culture in a variety of early medieval contexts in North Britain; David Caldwell charts fresh approach to the understanding of later medieval West Highland art, particularly its grave monuments and their clues to warrior-elite politics and identity; and Stuart Campbell explores a range of metal-detected finds which offer insights into everyday life in the burgh of Fortrose.