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Any cultural influences could be argued as likely to have been going from Scotland to Ireland rather than vice versa.
If there was no major movement of people, perhaps there was an elite takeover, similar to the Norman invasion of England.
During the expansion of interest in ‘Dark Age Britain’, scholars familiar with the historical and genealogical accounts of Irish origins of some western kingdoms, explicitly searched for, and believed they had found, archaeological evidence for these migrations.
The paradigm of Irish migration remains strong however, bolstered by the evidence from other areas of western Britain. There had never been any serious archaeological justification for the supposed Scottic migration. Leslie Alcock is one of the few to have looked at the archaeological evidence in detail, coming to the conclusion that ‘The settlements show very little sign of the transplantation of material culture to Dalriadic Scotland or to Dyfed’ (Alcock 1970, 65). This illustrates that there was a climate amongst scholars working in this area who saw cultural explanations in terms of an historical/linguistic paradigm which they applied to all areas of western Britain. If there had been any substantial movement of people into Argyll, there should be some sign of this in the archaeological record, even though few would now accept a simplistic equation of material culture and population groups.