Digging up our NorSe past

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Professor Donna Heddle
Professor Jeremy Smith FRSE

The Norse are woven right through the tapestry (or tartan!) of Scottish history and culture. But why do we not know more about them?

Why do most of Scotland see the Norse as ephemeral invaders and not part of the polity? Digging just a little beneath the surface reveals that the Norse impact is hidden in plain sight – we find the last remnants of the Norse in our placenames, our landscape, and our language. This talk will delve deep into the Norse substrate in our placenames and analyse them through an interdisciplinary linguistic, onomastic, social, and historical focus, shedding some light on our Viking past.

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