Portmahomack by Martin Carver
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By Martin Carver


Monastery of the Picts

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Portmahomack by Martin Carver

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A trail of chance finds on the outskirts of Portmahomack during the 19th and 20th centuries culminated in 1996 in the first exposure of a Pictish settlement in northern Scotland. The area soon became the subject of one of the largest research excavations ever to have taken place on the Scottish mainland. Discover the world of the Picts with this unique account of the discovery and excavation of an early monastery. Dating from the 6th to the 9th century AD, Portmahomack is one of the earliest Christian sites to be revealed in Britain and the first in the land of the Picts. The monastery was destroyed between 780 and 830 AD and was then lost to history before being unearthed by Martin Carver and his colleagues. In this highly illustrated book, Martin Carver describes the discovery of the site and the design and execution of the research programme, then traces the events that occurred from the mid-6th century to the 11th century when the parish church was founded on the former monastic site. The book ends with the subsequent history of the church of St Colman and a study of the Tarbat peninsula. The author's conclusions advance the theory that this was a prehistoric place before the monks arrived, and that they marked out the boundaries of their estate in the late 8th century with the lives of local saints carved on some of the greatest stone sculptures of the age.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748624423
ISBN-10: 0748624422
Format: Paperback
(244mm x 172mm x 12mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Portmahomack by Martin Carver Portmahomack, Paperback (February 2016)

Before 1996, no one assumed Portmahomack held a key to the understanding of the mysterious Pictish world. This book develops the interpretation of a prime Pictish settlement site in north east Scotland, along with chapters exploring Iron Age, Medieval and European contexts of the settlement.

Archaeological Investigation by Martin Carver Archaeological Investigation, Paperback (December 2009)

Drawing on examples from Britain and beyond, this title explores the procedures used in archaeology travelling over the whole process from discovery to publication. It intends to be a companion for a newcomer to professional archaeology - from a student introduction, to first practical work to the first responsibilities for producing reports.

Sutton Hoo by Martin Carver Sutton Hoo, Paperback (April 2000)

An account of the discoveries at Sutton Hoo, including the most recent excavations, and the light they shed on the world of the Anglo-Saxons. Carver draws on the range of research undertaken at the site to present a story of search and discovery alongside the story of the site itself and the information that the finds have revealed.

Age of Sutton Hoo by Martin Carver Age of Sutton Hoo, Paperback (November 1992)

Comparative studies on the age of Sutton Hoo (5c - 8c) with English and European focus, plus summary of the latest site excavations.

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Author Biography - Martin Carver

Martin Carver spent twelve years as a freelance archaeologist before being appointed to the Chair of Archaeology at the University of York in 1986. He is Director of Research at Portmahomack and editor of the journal Antiquity.

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