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Early Christian Monastery and Iona Abbey. General view from North-West.

SC 364478

Description Early Christian Monastery and Iona Abbey. General view from North-West.

Date 1974

Collection Records of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), Edinbu

Catalogue Number SC 364478

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 8226

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. Very few features from this monastery remain, but the main one is the bank and ditch which would have surrounded the early site. The bank can be seen here just in front of 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 Inv. fig. 31


File Format (TIF) Tagged Image File Format bitmap

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