Session1201
Title'Ne'er was castle lovelier sited': Recent Research at Caerlaverock
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserMorvern French, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
 
Moderator/ChairStefan Sagrott, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
 
Paper 1201-a Life on the Edge: A Very Small Selection of Research Highlights
(Language: English)
Morvern French, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Daily Life; Local History; Military History
Paper 1201-b Storming the Castle: Medieval Climate Change, Storm Surges, and Coastal Impacts at Caerlaverock
(Language: English)
Richard Tipping, Division of Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling
Index Terms: Archaeology - Sites; Geography and Settlement Studies; Science
Paper 1201-c 'Fractione et prostratione ad terram'?: Caerlaverock and the Remaking of 14th-Century Scotland
(Language: English)
Michael Brown, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index Terms: Architecture - Secular; Genealogy and Prosopography; Military History
 
AbstractHistoric Environment Scotland's multidisciplinary research project (2019 - present) has improved understanding of Caerlaverock Castle's history, archaeology, collections, and natural environment. We will present a few highlights before focusing on two individual pieces of research. Tipping will discuss how storm surges in the High Middle Ages, dated by radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence, prompted the movement from the old castle to a new one built further inland. We will end with Brown's examination of the new castle's reconstructions after its destruction by Robert I in c. 1312, setting the Maxwell family's ambitions into the context of the architectural and political remaking of Scotland.