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The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles$
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Ian Armit

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780748608584

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748608584.001.0001

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Lords of the Isles

Lords of the Isles

(p.205) 11 Lords of the Isles
The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles

Ian Armit

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reviews the emerging evidence for the archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles during the medieval period and later, for part of which the region was ruled by the Lords of the Isles. It examines the evolution of the baile, the architectural form of the blackhouse, and medieval castles like Kismul Castle in Barra. It also considers the symbolism and architecture of the tombs of the medieval elite.

Keywords:   Bailes, Blackhouses, Castles, Tombs, Kisimul Castle

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