Hot Off the Press: A New Jerusalem ‘At the Ends of the Earth’

Dr. Ewan Campbell and Dr. Adrián Maldonado have published a new open-access journal article on Iona titled ‘A New Jerusalem ‘At the Ends of the Earth’: Interpreting Charles Thomas’s Excavations at Iona Abbey 1956–63.’ It combines information gathered from Thomas’s impressive campaign of excavations on the island from 1956 to 1963 and information recovered by Campbell and Maldonado’s recent campaign of excavations and fieldwork from 2016 – 2018. Of particular interest is the new insight into the layout and function of the monastic complex, leading the authors to draw parallels to Jerusalem as imagined by Adomnán in his De Locis Sanctis as well as comparisons of the monastic layout on Iona with other known early medieval monasteries across northern Britain and Ireland.

This article follows on from that published last year (Furnishing an Early Medieval Monastery: New Evidence from Iona) and is entirely open-access!

 

Campbell, E., & Maldonado, A. (2020). A NEW JERUSALEM ‘AT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH’: INTERPRETING CHARLES THOMAS’S EXCAVATIONS AT IONA ABBEY 1956–63. The Antiquaries Journal, 1-53. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquaries-journal/article/new-jerusalem-at-the-ends-of-the-earth-interpreting-charles-thomass-excavations-at-iona-abbey-195663/36F808DDF43B6311D307417A3B8D2434

New Publication: Identifying Social Transformations and Crisis during the Pre-Monastic to Post-Viking Era on Iona

Another Iona paper has been published!  This paper discusses the scientific environmental work (pollen and insects) carried out as the result of our 2017 re-excavation of Charles Thomas’s 1957 trench across the monastic enclosure ditch and banks. One of the main findings was that there was a short-lived environmental event, noted through the impact on the vegetation, around the time of the early 9th-century Viking raids on the island. The paper, whose main author is Samantha Jones at the University of Aberdeen, is published in Environmental Archaeology and can be accessed here.

 

New Publication: Furnishing an Early Medieval Monastery

The first of three papers on Iona has just been published! This one, published in Medieval Archaeology, discusses some of the important artefacts from Charles Thomas’s excavations and other unpublished material from the site. It includes discussion of a small bronze human head, and a 3D lion figurine, both possibly from shrine fittings.

Campbell, E, Batey, C, Murray, G & Thickpenny, C 2019 Furnishing an Early Medieval Monastery: New Evidence from Iona, Medieval Archaeology  63 (2), 298-337

Click here for the open access electronic version.