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PortmahomackMonastery of the Picts$
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Martin Carver

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624416

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624416.001.0001

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Welcome to Portmahomack

Welcome to Portmahomack

(p.3) Chapter 1 Welcome to Portmahomack

Martin Carver

Edinburgh University Press

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

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