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History and Heritage


This film provides an overview of current thinking on the development of the Pictish kingdom in the north and east of Scotland.  Using the work of contemporary historians and archaeologists, the film emphasises the influence of religious conversion and political centralisation on Pictish identity between the 5th and 9th centuries. Filming was carried out at a wide range of venues including the key Pictish locations of Burghead, Bennachie, Rhynie and Tap o Noth. The film provides useful historical context for our two other films on the symbol Stones - Picts : Symbols and Signs, and Picts: Symbols and Statements.


Sources used in Picts: History and Heritage.

Nick Aitchison: Forteviot: A Pictish and Scottish Royal Centre. Tempus 2006
Martin Carver: Portmahomack: Monastery of the Picts. Edinburgh University Press 2008
Tim Clarkson: The Picts: A History. Tempus 2008
Stephen Driscoll, Jane Geddes and Mark Hall: Pictish Progrress: New Studies on Northern
Britain in the early Middle Ages. 2011
Stephen Driscoll: Alba, The Gaelic Kingdom of Scotland AD800-1124 Historic Scotland 2002
Sally Foster: Picts Gaels and Scots. Birlinn 2014
James E Fraser: From Caledonia to Pictland. Scotland to 795 Edinburgh University Press 2009
George and Isabel Henderson: The Art of the Picts. Thames and Hudson 2004
Alistair Moffat: The British: A Genetic Journey Birlinn 2013
WHF Nicolaisen The Picts and their Place names. Groam House Museum Trust 1996
Gordon Noble: Between prehistory and history: the archaeological detection of social change among the Picts. Antiquity 2013 vol 7 p 1136-1150
Gordon Noble and Meggen Gondek: ‘A Very Royal Palace’ Rhynie and the Picts. Current
Archaeology,289 April 2014 p22-28
Guto Rhys: Approaching the Pictish Language:Historiography,Early Evidence and the
Question of Pritenic. PhD Glasgow University 2015
Alex Woolf: From Pictland to Alba 789-1070. Edinburgh University Press 2007.