Thursday, September 11, 2014
The Moothill of Dingwall
dig into the mound to see what they could find, and they found charcoal that dates the mound to the 11th century. (And see here.) So the Vikings did indeed build it, quite likely to provide a place for speakers to stand during moots. This sort of work -- tracking down and combining clues from place names, old documents like the 13th-century charter that names this place Moothill, the notes of Victorian archaeologists, and contemporary fieldwork to reconstruct the past -- is my favorite sort of scholarship, and my fantasy of how I will spend my retirement.