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Did Shakespeare Slander Macbeth?

Members of the Scottish Parliament are seeking to clear the reputation of the historical Macbeth for the 1,000th anniversary of his birth.

David I: Scotland's Unappreciated Monarch

A new study by Richard Oram of the University of Stirling in Scotland depicts Scotland's King David as a great state-builder who had a major impact on British history.

2,000 Year Old Celtic Carving Identified

A stone carving, found 20 years ago in a back garden, has been identified as a 2000 year old Celtic carving from the Iron Age.

Abbey Ruins of Strata Florida in Wales

Experts say the abbey at Strata Florida was once a city of light to rival Westminster Cathedral, and Oxford and was once much bigger than the current ruins of today would suggest.

Rosslyn Chapel May be Re-Created Outside of Scotland

The producers of the Da Vinci Code movie may choose to build their own version of Rosslyn Chapel rather than deal with restrictions imposed by the building's trustees.

10th century Viking market found in Cumbria

Archaeologists believe they have discovered a 10th Century Viking market in Cumbria, orginally thought to have been a burial ground.

Home of 8th century Scottish monk found

Archaeologists believe they may have found the home of St Baldred of the Bass, one of the best known monks of 8th century Scotland.

Prehistoric Scots Tied to Middle East

A new book and television series claim that 20% of Scots have blood ties to Iraq stemming from a migration in 4000 BCE.

Herald: Rosslyn Chapel Besieged by "Da Vinci Code" Followers

The popularity of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code could lead to the literal downfall of Rosslyn Chapel.

Noisy Toys Nothing New

The Scottish Urban Archaeological Trust has evidence that noisy toys may date back to the Bronze Age.

Harbor Dig Hopes to Find North Berwick's Early Roots

A major new archaeological excavation is taking place in North Berwick, Scotland, where last year researchers found a medieval cemetery. The new dig may reveal even earlier roots.

Scottish Minister Proposes Ban on Swords

Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell hopes to crack down on the country's "knife culture" by restricting the sale and possession of blades.

Safety Concerns Close Scottish Castle

UK£2.5 million is needed to save Scotland's historic Castle Tioram in Moidart, which has been closed due to safety concerns.

Rabbits Threaten Scottish History

Rabbits are threatening Roman historical sites in Scotland by burrowing beneath their foundations.

Scottish Witches Pardoned

A township in Scotland celebrated Halloween by officially pardoning 81 people — and their cats — executed for witchcraft in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Dangers of Unsupervised Kilt-Wearing

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was photographed recently sitting next to Colonel Simon West of the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who apparently was careless with the arrangement of his kilt.

"Stupid English Prejudice" Colors View of Scotland

British TV historian David Starkey is being accused of "stupid English prejudice" after he claimed that Scotland was not as important as England.

Forest Got the Best of Roman Army

It wasn't barbarians who defeated the armies of Rome in Scotland, but the country's impenetrable forest, according to a new book by Chris Smout.

Loch Lomond Site Offers Wealth of Artifacts

Archaeologists working on a site near Loch Lomond have discovered evidence of settlements dating back 3500 years, including a 7th century Christian cemetery.

King's Wall Protected Against Invasion and Plague

A section of the "King's Wall" constructed in Edinburgh, Scotland by James II has been discovered during excavation for a building site.

Somerled: Scotland's Unsung Hero

If it weren't for Somerled, Scotland's unsung hero, residents of the country might be speaking Norwegian.

Kenneth MacAlpine: Scot or Pict?

A new book by historian Alex Woolf claims that Scottish hero Kenneth MacAlpine was actually a Pict.

Pierce Brosnan to Star in Walter Scott Epic

Actor Pierce Brosnan is scheduled to portray Lord Lochinvar in an upcoming epic set in 12th century Scotland.

Scottish historic sites threatened by global warming

Nearly one third of Scotland's 35,000 historic sites, including Skara Brae, are threatened with destruction due to coastal erosion.

Picts: Barbarians or Cultured Artists?

The "pestulant" Picts of legend may actually have been "a highly sophisticated people with an intimate knowledge of the Bible and Roman classical literature."

Plans Proposed to Make Antonine Wall World Heritage Site

Scotland's Antonine Wall, the most northernly reach of the Roman Empire in Britain, is the subject of a campaign to gain World Heritage status for the site.

First Cistercian Nunnery in Scotland Excavated

St. Leonard's, the oldest Cistercian nunnery in Scotland, is the site of a new excavation that has delivered on its promise of impressive artifacts.

Herald: 6th Century Christian Cemetery Found in Scottish Quarry

Workers excavating a quarry in Forfar, Scotland have discovered 17 graves dating back to the dawn of Christianity in the country.

Back in Time to Medieval Scotland

Timetravel with Aoife back to medieval Scotland for a look at castles, standing stones, cheesemaking and more.