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December Lecture: “The Viking boat-burial at Kiloran Bay, Colonsay, and its international context”

15th December 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kiloran Bay, Colonsay: location of the Viking boat-grave discovered in 1882

This will be a hybrid event hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland which will take place both in Augustine United Church and online. Immediately after the lecture there will be a drinks reception.

It may be necessary, due to any future local restrictions imposed because of the pandemic, to move certain events to fully online only. Please keep an eye on the Society website, e-newsletters and your email inbox for the latest news and further information on Society events.

This event is free and open to all.

Lecture will be presented by Professor James Graham-Campbell FBA FSA FSAScot

The high-status Viking burial excavated at Kiloran Bay, Colonsay, in 1882 and 1884, is a well-furnished weapon grave, including scales, weights and harness-mounts, together with a boat, a horse and a possible human sacrifice, but also with two cross-marked stones. It is well documented for the period, in the archives of the Societies of Antiquaries of Scotland and of London, but much remains for discussion in relation to similar graves from Scandinavia, Britain and Iceland. 

Lecturer Details

James Graham-Campbell is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology at University College London and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of The Viking-Age Gold and Silver of Scotland (1995) and (with Colleen Batey) of Vikings in Scotland: An Archaeological Survey (1998). He delivered the Rhind Lectures for 1995/96 on ‘Death and Wealth in Viking Scotland and continues to research the pagan Norse graves of Scotland. 

December Lecture 2022 Registration



House Rules

The Society has a zero-tolerance policy on harassment and bullying.

All attendees are requested to act with respect to one another during this hybrid event.

Anyone making comments which we believe to be inappropriate (e.g. offensive or abusive) will be removed from the event immediately. Equivalent procedures (e.g. with regard to spam) will apply online.


COVID-19 Precautions for attending in-person events

To ensure all attendees and members of staff have a safe and enjoyable experience at these events, please make sure you adhere to the following rules:

We request that you do not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms prior to the event

Try to maintain social distancing where possible and respect those with Distance Aware badges or lanyards

Please use hand sanitising stations provided

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The main entrance to the church is up four steps with a handrail.

Step free access is available via a door to the right of the building – please ring the bell for attention. Please note there is a tight turn in this passageway.

A standard accessible toilet is available on the ground floor and lower level (accessible via lift).

The venue (AUC sanctuary) has a hearing loop included.

Assistance dogs are allowed inside the venue.

If attending via Zoom, captions are included.

You can find further information on Accessibility here.


15th December 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom

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