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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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The monks arrive

The monks arrive

(p.73) Chapter 4 The monks arrive

Martin Carver

Edinburgh University Press

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

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