Excavating Early Scottish Christianity

Excavations on the Scottish island Eigg have uncovered a seventh century C.E. structure thought to be the monastery founded by St. Donnan, one of the first missionaries in Scotland. Also known as Donnan of Eigg, the priest traveled through northwest Scotland before settling on Eigg, where he was martyred in 617 C.E. The site features Pictish pottery in the graveyard as well as an oval enclosure and ditch, a characteristic of contemporary monasteries, which maintained a separation between sacred and exterior spaces. The Eigg History Society received funding from the Heritage Lottery to locate the monastery, and archaeologist John Hunter announced in The Scotsman that the findings surpassed his expectations. Donnan, the patron Saint of Eigg, evangelized the island and the Scottish archaeology discoveries memorialize and bear witness to a major figure in the dissemination of Christianity on the British Isles.

Scottish archaeology at Eigg has exposed a structure related to the seventh century C.E. St. Donnan, an evangelizing figure in early Scottish Christianity.


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  1. Andrada says

    Oh, how I wish I could take advantage of the local Scottish roeommcndatiens. Ah well.I’ve started combing through the Top Artist Inspirations, and scanned through the BizCat post, but there is a LOT of information there. They are great links, but maybe a bit much to contain in an injection’ that is intended to summarize?I’d maybe suggest limiting an index-type post to one link to an index, with a pointer to which parts you liked. That way, the reader is consuming one list of links, rather than a list of lists, which may be overwhelming (or just not readable in one go, and then it may get lost in the RSS pile! horrors!

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