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Window into the Past: Tarbat Discovery Centre

By | July 22, 2014

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We can only guess what meaning the strange creatures held for the Dark Age monks, but perhaps other discoveries at Portmahomack will eventually help archaeologists understand their symbolism.

In the ninth century, the monastery was destroyed by the Vikings, who burned it and smashed the stone carvings. But the sense that Tarbat was sacred held on; other churches were built and re-built on the site of the monastic church until it was finally abandoned in the twentieth century. But at the Tarbat Discovery Centre, the world of Scotland’s earliest monks lives on.

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Miriam C. Davis has an M.A. in medieval archaeology and a Ph.D. in medieval history. She is a professor of history at Delta State University, where she teaches European history and the history of Christianity, and has participated in archaeological excavations in Mississippi, Alabama, England, and Scotland. In addition to her scholarly publications, Miriam has written for the popular press on archaeology, history, and travel. She has lectured throughout the U.S., Great Britain, and Israel.

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