If you haven’t done so already, pop over to A Corner Of Tenth-Century Europe and read Jonathan Jarrett’s latest blogpost on the Picts. It touches on the old question of what the terms ‘Pict’ and ‘Pictish’ might really mean.
Jonathan has blogged on this topic before, in a post called Pictland should be plural. His latest instalment has the title Picts in many places, if ‘Pict’ is the word. You can probably see where his thoughts on the topic are heading. ‘We talk of the Picts as a people,’ he writes, ‘but much suggests they were many peoples.’
Jonathan’s blogposts usually include attractive pictures and Picts in many places is no exception. I won’t spoil the treat by describing each image but, suffice to say, you’ll see some rather impressive stuff recently unearthed by archaeologists. The thing is, although these discoveries add useful data to what we already know, they don’t provide answers to fundamental questions like ‘Who were the Picts?’ On the contrary, each new discovery throws up a new set of questions, which then require new theories to explain them. All of this is good news for ‘Pictish bloggers’, of course, because it means there’s always something new to write about.
‘More stuff keeps turning up’, says Jonathan. Long may it continue to do so.
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P.S. My own musings on Pictish identity appear on this blog from time to time. I have a particular interest in the ‘Pictishness’ of Cenél nGartnait, a high-status family who lived on Skye in the 7th century.
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