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Portmahomack: Monastery of the Picts

Martin Carver

Abstract

This book relates the rediscovery of a monastery of the 8th century AD, one of the earliest so far seen in northern Europe. It lies in north-east Scotland in the land of the Picts, a largely forgotten people here shown to have been highly intellectual thinkers and consummate artists. The excavation, one of the largest to have taken place in Scotland, revealed burials in stone cists, over 200 pieces of carved stone grave markers and ornamented cross-slabs, workshops making sacred vessels and vellum for holy books, unusual bag-shaped buildings and a water-mill. The book has three parts: “Explori ... More

Keywords: History, Scotland, Picts, early Christian, 8th century AD, monastery, sculpture, church, cist burials, vellum, metal-working, watermill

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748624416
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624416.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Carver, author