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Oblique aerial view of Iona Abbey and Baile Mor villlage from N.

SC 1544931

Description Oblique aerial view of Iona Abbey and Baile Mor villlage from N.

Date 4/1969

Collection John Dewar

Catalogue Number SC 1544931

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 11999

Scope and Content Monastery on Iona, Argyll and Bute For many years, the exact location of the original monastery, the one founded by St Columba around AD 563, was cause for debate. After several surveys and excavations during the mid 20th century, it was found to be partly underneath the medieval abbey. This aerial view of the site shows what remains of St Columba's monastery today - mainly part of the vallum. Survey evidence suggests that the timber structures occupied the area underneath and above the later abbey. It was not until 1772 that features older than the medieval abbey began to be noted. The structures would have been more temporary in nature, as described in Adomnan's 'Life of Columba'. Most of the evidence of these has been destroyed through farming. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference 5300/4

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/1544931

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