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James Fraser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612314

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.001.0001

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Postscript ‘The Roman Interlude’

Postscript ‘The Roman Interlude’

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(p.116) Postscript ‘The Roman Interlude’
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From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795
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James E. Fraser

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.003.0006

The Roman Iron Age was surely a full act in the drama of Scottish history, not an interlude. Substantial social, cultural and ethnic change took place in outer Brigantia, inner Caledonia and parts of Atlantic Scotland, which gave shape to the Early Historic period. In fact, despite scholars' inclination to see the advent of native written sources as the end of one epoch and the beginning of another, it is not at all clear that this horizon marks much of a watershed in northern Britain. A reasonable case is there for the making that the period c.250 to c.650 is more coherent in social, cultural and ethnic terms than either of the two classic periods under investigation in this book.

Keywords:   Roman Iron Age, Scottish history, social change, cultural change, ethnic change

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