by Chris Lowe
An early monastery on Inchmarnock has long been considered likely given the range of early carved stones that have been unearthed from time to time in and around the site of the medieval church. The key artefact associated with this early settlement is the large collection of inscribed slate. This is the largest assemblage of such material from anywhere in the British Isles and it is of particular importance because of its implications for monastic schooling and design. A programme of archaeological survey and excavation of multiple sites throughout the island sheds light on the day-to-day life of its inhabitants.
Dr Christopher Lowe is co-founder or Headland Archaeology Ltd. With over 25 years professional experience, principally in Scotland, he has worked and published on sites of all periods but specialises in the Early Historic archaeology of North Britain.