Melbourne Uni Medieval Round Table Lecture Series – Dr Pamela O’Neill

More Thoughts on Scottish Dalriada

My research fellowship at the University of Melbourne from 2004 to 2007 centred around early medieval Scottish Dalriada, and particularly its stone sculpture. A decade and a half on, my understanding (and, to be fair, that of scholarship at large!) of this region has expanded considerably, and in this talk, I want to tease out the difference between a concept of Scottish Dalriada as the area of western Scotland populated by Gaelic speakers (roughly equivalent to modern Argyll), and that of the petty kingdom straddling parts of western Scotland and north-eastern Ireland. Having clarified this distinction, an examination of the documentary, topographical and material evidence for the petty kingdom of Dalraida yields interesting evidence for the composition and functioning of this polity.

To join us for the meeting please email Andrew Stephenson by this Saturday, 3 July, for the Zoom link.  The link will then be emailed to you on Sunday.

Hosted by Melbourne University, online, Monday 5 July 1815 AEST.

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