Portmahomack - monastery of the Picts
For the last 20 years, Martin Carver has been working on a remote site north east of Inverness. The dig was on an iron-age site in the small, coastal village of Portmahomack. Its revealed a Pictish monastery which, from the end of the 6th century through to the end of the 8th was a wealthy Christian community with links through the Great Glen to the trade links of the Irish Sea.
Dr Fiona Watson met up with Dr Alex Woolf from the University of St Andrews to find out more about the significance of the site.
The Vikings are coming…
Martin Carver’s excavation shows evidence of a raid around the year 800 which dramatically affected the Portmahomack site. The raid was most likely by the Vikings and the settlement went from being a religious site to a trading post.
Viking culture is to be celebrated by a new exhibition at the British Museum which opens in March. At the same time, the Sutton Hoo display will be updated to show its links throughout Europe and the rest of Britain.
Handling historic documents
Some listeners to Making History were concerned to see Helen Castor, in her recent series for BBC 4, handling the fifteenth century Paston Letters with her bare hands in the British Library. “Shouldn’t she have been wearing gloves”, they ask? According to Sarah Hamlyn Lead Preventive Conservator at the British Library, the answer is “no”. Its produced a video to explain more.
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