Fortrui project set to be subject for second Pictish Arts Society’s lecture

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The second lecture of the Pictish Arts Society will take place on Friday, October 18, at Pictavia, with Candy Hatherly delivering the talk.

The subject that Candy will speak on is ‘The Archaeology of Fortrui Project - Investigating the Tarbat Peninsula’.

Candy has worked as a field archaeologist since graduating from the University of York in 1996. She has worked throughout the UK, excavating a wide variety of sites from Bronze Age jetties in Southampton to the 19th century prison exercise yards in Perth. She has also worked on a wide variety of research and community projects including the Pictish monastery at Portmahomack, Easter Ross, Tell Edfu in Egypt and the Bishop’s residence in Skalholt, Iceland.

Since October, 2012, she has been undertaking a PhD at the University of Aberdeen looking at the evolution of high status secular architecture in the Kingdom of Fortrui. The first stage of this research is focusing on the Tarbat Peninsula, investigating enclosed settlements through survey and excavation.

Archaeological investigations by the Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen, over the past year have focused on identifying possible regional and local centres of power preceding or contemporary with the early medieval Kingdom of Fortrui. Fortrui was potentially the most powerful Pictish Kingdom and is the most cited in historical sources.

Research has begun on the Tarbat Peninsula, Easter Ross. The team has primarily focused on previously uninvestigated enclosed settlements such as hill forts, duns and promontory fort on the peninsula. Extensive new fieldwork, including geophysical survey and excavation, has been undertaken on a number of sites and the results from this work and the future plans of the project will be outlined.

Doors open at Pictavia at 7 for a 7.30 p.m. start. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before and after the talks. The talks are free to members and £2.50 to non-members.