Kinneddar: A Major Ecclesiastical Centre of the Picts

Gordon Noble (Corresponding Author), Gemma Cruickshanks, Lindsay Dunbar, Nicholas Evans, Derek Hall, Derek Hamilton, Cathy MacIver, Edouard Masson-MacLean, James O'Driscoll, Lindsay Paskulin, Oskar Sveinbjarnarson

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Abstract

The early Christian sculpture from Kinneddar has long been noted as a major assemblage. New survey work has identified a large vallum enclosure around the site that was renewed on at least one occasion. The vallum enclosures surrounded an area of up to 8.6ha, and the groundplan presents striking resemblances to other major ecclesiastical sites, particularly Iona. Evaluative excavations instigated through research- and development-led projects have provided an outline chronology for the vallum enclosures, identified an additional annexe and has located settlement features inside the enclosures. This article sets out the evidence from the site and discusses Kinneddar in relation to other likely major ecclesiastical sites in northern Pictland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-145
Number of pages33
JournalProceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Volume148
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

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Keywords

  • Sculpture
  • Church
  • Early Christian
  • vallum
  • Pictish
  • Early medieval

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