The Pictish Arts Society has announced that the first lecture to take place at Pictavia for the 2013/14 season will be given by Phil Roberts on September 20.
The title of the talk is ‘The contributions of old maps to understanding Pictish history’.
Philip will advance the hypothesis that while there may be a lack of historical data about the Picts and the land they occupied in the first millennium, early maps and other map data offer a considerable body of evidence showing where the Picts were to be found and why they came to be differentiated as a geographical group.
Philip was born in London in 1951 but has lived in Angus for nearly 40 years.
He is a BSc graduate of Dundee University in Mechanical Engineering, a mathematical discipline which possibly explains his interest in mapping.
His long-standing interest in history and archaeology led him to do an extra-mural course in field Archaeology and based on this experience he would like to draw more attention to the archaeologically-rich area of Angus.
He has a particular interest in 1st millennium history and the interface between Roman and Scottish History.
The society has revealed that talks at Pictavia this year will have a differently timetable.
While they will still be held on the third Friday of every month, lectures will now run from September to November before taking a three-month break (so that speakers and members don’t have to run the gauntlet of winter travel). They will then resume in March until May.
In addition there is an extra talk in October, arranged in conjunction with the Perth Society of Natural Science. This will take place at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery at 7.30pm on October 16. It is hoped that this will be the first in an occasional series of collaborative events.
Doors open at Pictavia at 7 for a 7.30 p.m. start. Refreshments will be available before and after the talks. Talks are free to members and £2.50 to non-members.