History of Leith, Edinburgh

November 22, 2007

Early Medieval Britain and Ireland

The term ‘dark ages’ is unpopular with many archaeologists and historians, some preferring ‘Sub-Roman’. This term carries its own agenda of implied inferiority and, of course, these islands were never entirely Roman. Martin Henig (British Archaeology, December 2002, p. 11) states that “the so-called ‘darkness’ of the period between 400 and 600 in southern and eastern Britain is the result partly of archaeological neglect, partly of a long tradition of scholarship looking only for Germanic elements in the culture of the period.” Within the European context, this period is ‘late antiquity’ or ‘early medieval’ – in many ways a more accurate and meaningful term. for more click here

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