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The Picts and the Northumbrians
The relationship between the Picts and the Northumbrians. The Northumbrians took control of lands to the south of Pictland, including Din-Eydin, which they re-named Edwin's Burgh (now Edinburgh). Under King Ecgfrith, the Northumbrians travelled north and attacked the Picts. The decisive battle took place at Dunnichen, where the Picts ambushed the Northumbrians. They drove them out of Pictland and removed a major threat to themselves, the Scotti and the Britons.
On a map the pupils could locate: Din-Eidyn (Edwins-Burgh); Dunnichen; Northumbrian territory; Pictland; and Firth of Forth. The pupils can try writing a newspaper-style account of the battle. They could draw a diagram of the battle, indicating how the Picts defeated the Northumbrians. Pupils might also draw an incident with which they are familiar, in a similar style to the Pictish stone. They could also do a picture of the Pictish stone, including some of the featured characters.
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