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Iona, Iona Abbey & Vallum. General view from North-West.

SC 372937

Description Iona, Iona Abbey & Vallum. General view from North-West.

Catalogue Number SC 372937

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 8225

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. A section of the vallum which surrounded St Columba's monastery can be seen in this view. This is the best preserved section and consists of the NW angle of the defences. The monastic buildings would have stood beneath and below the current 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.

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