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The Kilmorie Cross (again)

This magnificent cross-slab from the Viking Age stands in the churchyard of Kirkcolm in the Rhinns of Galloway. I blogged about it two years ago, reproducing a nineteenth-century drawing (see below) together with photographs from Allen and Anderson’s… 241 more words

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Set in Stone: the Birth of Alba

Few places are more closely connected with the Picts than the village of Forteviot in Perthshire. Nestling in the fertile valley of Strathearn, it was formerly a royal palace of Pictish kings, the most famous of whom was Cináed mac Ailpín (“Kenneth MacAlpine”) who is said to have died there in AD 858. 213 more words

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Tombs of Terror: The Hunt for Weland

I’ve presented research seminars on my on-going research interest in early medieval smiths in York and Bradford in 2014, in Glasgow and Dublin in 2015. I’m now going to write this work up for publication. 390 more words

Archaeologies Of Death And Memory

The Over Kirkhope Stone

This curious piece of Early Christian sculpture was found in the mid-nineteenth century at Over Kirkhope, a farm in the valley of the Ettrick Water in the Scottish Borders. 340 more words

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A side trip to Addingham – ancient symbols and modern stone

Leaving the church at Addingham, we noticed some rather more modern stonework outside an unprepossessing building that turned out to be the church hall. After seeing Saxon stonework, we might not have bothered to go and investigate, but we were very glad that we did. 665 more words


Memorial Stones & the Un-happily Ever After of Arthurian Legend

Arthurian legend is one type of folk tale that certainly does not end with “and they lived happily ever after.” In fact, it’s unclear exactly what happened to our favorite characters after the battle of Camlann.* In the most familiar versions (though not all), Arthur and Mordred are killed in the battle. 559 more words

Arthurian Legend

St Andrews Pictish stones

To mark St Andrew’s Day, here is a small selection of images from the Pictish sculpture collection at St Andrews Cathedral.

Happy St Andrew’s Day to all! 93 more words

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