Traprain treasure, the Aberdeen Doctors and reassessing the scholarship of the Sobieski brothers in September/October History Scotland


02 August 2019
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Take a look at the centuries of history covered in the latest issue of History Scotland with our editor's round-up of highlights.

Take a look at the centuries of history covered in the latest issue of History Scotland with our editor's round-up of highlights.

Letter from History Scotland’s editor Rachel Bellerby

Historians and archaeologists are often working against the flow of well-loved legend and popular belief, as we demonstrate in this issue’s articles on the Sobieski brothers and the Traprain Law treasure 

In both cases, new research has shown that careful investigation can go well beyond tradition and long-held belief and often reveal a truth that is so much more fascinating than the original legend.

Roman Scotland

We also have something of a Roman theme running through this issue, with the results of a recent investigation revealing that what was thought to be a Roman camp near Blairgowrie is actually a rare medieval deer park. But interestingly, archaeologists recently discovered the remains of a Roman marching camp in Ayr. We also investigate the disappearance of Rome’s ninth legion, believed in legend to have been destroyed by the Picts, but shown in new research to have vanished from the records for more prosaic reasons.

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