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RCAHMS Inventory; Argyll Volume 5 - Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Oronsay.

This volume, the fifth of a series covering the former County of Argyll, provides detailed accounts of all known ancient and historical monuments on the islands of Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Oronsay from earliest times to 1707, and of selected examples of later date. More than 350 line-drawings and over 400 photographs are integrated with the text to illustrate 455 descriptive articles. Of special note among the prehistoric material are the Mesolithic shell-middens on Oronsay, the hut-circles and associated field-systems of Bronze Age and later date, and the wide variety of defensive structures of the Iron Age. The Early Christian period is represented by a remote monastic site on Eileach an Naoimh, fine crosses at Kildalton and Kilnave, and an unusually numerous group of small chapels on Islay. The Viking burials on Colonsay, Oronsay and Islay are also of outstanding quality and interest. The medieval residence of the MacDonald Lords of the Isles on Loch Finlaggan, the historic castle of Dunivaig, and the well-preserved ruins of Oronsay Priory are all recorded in detail for the first time. The distinctive 18th-century round church at Bowmore overlooks the earliest of the planned villages of Islay, which are illustrated by a series of specially taken aerial photographs. An introduction supplies a concise geographical and chronological setting in which the significance of the various classes of monument is -discussed in general terms.