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Carved Stones. Perspectives from Iona Abbey on Values and Significance


Foster S (2020) Carved Stones. Perspectives from Iona Abbey on Values and Significance. Historic Churches. The Conservation and Repair of Ecclesiastical Buildings. The Buildings Conservation Directory. Special Report on Historic Churches. 2020, pp. 15-18.

On the island of Iona, just off the west coast of Scotland, a Benedictine abbey is home to 111 early medieval and 122 late medieval carved stones, and 435 pieces of ex-situ architectural sculpture. After Clonmacnoise, it is the largest and most important collection of early medieval sculpture in Britain and Ireland. Described in 1965 by W Douglas Simpson as ‘priceless monuments’, today this collection is dispersed because of historical and contemporary curatorial challenges.

Carved stones; value; significance; replicas; Iona

Precise date of publication is unknown. The author was invited to contribute this article.

Type of mediaProfessional Magazine article
FundersHistoric Environment Scotland
Publication date31/12/2020
PublisherCathedral Communications Ltd
Place of publicationTisbury