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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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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