Game of Thrones?: Scottish Archaeologists Excavate Achtriochtan

Structures unearthed at Achtriochtan may be linked with the bloody massacre (National Trust Scotland)

Health Editor’s Note: There is a great deal, and has been for a while, hype about the Game of Thrones (website) HBO Series which has ended its eight season run.  The series is based on A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. Perhaps the writer based some of the items in the novels on “real life” experiences of the Scots…..Carol  

Archaeologists Are Excavating Site of Scottish Massacre That Inspired the ‘Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding

by Meilan Solly

Scottish archaeologists are conducting large-scale excavations of settlements associated with the Glencoe Massacre for the first time in the site’s history. The brutal 1692 attack is cemented in Scottish history as an unprecedented breach of the Highlands’ culture of hospitality, but to the wider world, the broad strokes of that February night are best known—albeit in slightly revised fashion—through George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga and its accompanying television adaptation, “Game of Thrones.” The bloodbath in question? What else but the infamous “Red Wedding” massacre.

In Martin’s fictional world, the massacre follows a broken promise—namely Robb Stark’s decision to marry for love rather than fulfill his pledge to marry one of Lord Walder Frey’s daughters. As a result of this decision, a bevy of characters associated with House Stark are murdered by their hosts in the aftermath of a wedding ostensibly arranged to cement an alliance between the two families.

The real 1692 massacre was precipitated by centuries of clan infighting and a belated pledge of support to the newly ascended English monarchs, William and Mary.

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