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Iona, general. Plan showing outline incised, ringed crosses.

SC 370875

Description Iona, general. Plan showing outline incised, ringed crosses.

Catalogue Number SC 370875

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AGD 527/42

Scope and Content Ring-headed incised cross from Iona, Argyll and Bute Iona is one of the most important religious sites in Scotland. The earliest community was formed by St Columba who came over from Ireland around AD 563. This was replaced by the Benedictine Abbey and Augustinian Nunnery in around AD 1200. This is a thin, roughly rectangular fragment of stone with one corner missing. One side bears a ringed-cross with rounded angles and a channel above the arms. The other side has a simple Latin cross. The stone is in the Abbey Museum (No 24). A number of early Christian cross-incised stones have been found on Iona. They were probably grave-markers, or possibly boundary-markers, with those decorated on both sides standing upright, and the rest being recumbent. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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