Science: Diggers

When the Romans occupied Britain, one of their big problems was the wild, tattooed Picts, who kept the northern end of the island in continual uproar. Fenced off at last by the famed Roman walls, the Picts remained as a troublesome relic of barbarism on the edge of the Roman empire. In Archaeology, J.R.C. Hamilton, assistant inspector of ancient monuments for Scotland, tells about excavations that reveal how the wild Picts lived.

Near Jarlshof in the Shetlands, off the northern coast of Scotland, is a great mound of wind-blown beach sand stuffed with stone ruins. For more than 50 years archeologists have...

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