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The monks arrive

Martin Carver

in Portmahomack

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624416
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670703 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624416.003.0004
The monks arrive

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How the monastery began. On the sandy ridge overlooking the Dornoch Firth was an Iron Age cemetery containing burials lined with stone slabs. Christian burials were added to these from the 6th century onwards – the time of Columcille's expedition up the Great Glen. But the main monastic flowering was not until the early 8th century when the whole site was developed.

Keywords: Columcille; early medieval burials; cist graves; Vikings

Chapter.  9472 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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