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on 28 August 2011
Increasingly the evidence indicates that when groups other than the Picts arrived they did not do so en masse. For example, when the Dal Riatians of Ulster came to Argyll the archaeological evidence does not suggest armed invasion but the assimilation of a ruling elite which goes on to form the new Dalriada. This exchange of elites was also most likely a two way process. The people in Argyle were largely Picts. It is a similar story with the Norse, the Bernicians and the kingdom of Strathclyde. Indeed it is analogous in some ways to the absorption of the Normans at the time of David the first. The Picts did not have a developed literary tradition and so we are left to sort through the propaganda of the various incomers before realisingnthat the peole of Scotland are essentially the Picts with the addition of members of the ruling and religious classes drawn from the Norse, the Bernicians, the Ulster Dalriadans and the Normans.
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