Welcome to Portmahomack

Martin Carver

in Portmahomack

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624416
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670703 | DOI:
Welcome to Portmahomack

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We visit the deserted church of St Colman at Portmahomack on the Tarbat peninsula, and learn about its history, and how the existence of its ancient past gradually dawned through chance discovery. We describe how a local Trust formed to save the church from decay, and how their work led to one of the most important archaeological investigations to have taken place in Scotland.

Keywords: Portmahomack; Whithorn; Iona; St Columba; St Ninian; Nechtan; Bede; aerial photography; community archaeology

Chapter.  4962 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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