Historic Scotland - Iona by Anna Ritchie

By Anna Ritchie

Set on the western tip of Mull within the internal Hebrides, the small island of Iona is the burial position of kings and the kernel from which Christianity took root one of the pagan Picts, in addition to being an emblem of Scottish independence. The island used to be additionally St Columba's selection for his non secular base in 563. This publication tells the archaeological tale of Iona, from Columba's monastery to the island's recovery and renewal within the late-1870s, assessing the various excavations at the island itself in the wider context of Pictland and Northumbria.

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