Historic Scotland


Historic Scotland: Iona

Book Details

Author  Anna Ritchie
Publisher  Batsford Ltd
Publication Date   July 28, 1999
ISBN  0713478551
Pages  128


Set at the western tip of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, the small island of Iona is the burial place of kings and the kernel from which Christianity took root among the pagan Picts, as well as being a symbol of Scottish independence. The island was also St Columba's choice for his spiritual base in 563. This book tells the archaeological story of Iona, from Columba's monastery to the island's restoration and renewal in the late-1870s, assessing the many excavations on the island itself within the wider context of Pictland and Northumbria.

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