Columba's Iona: making meaning out of myth, History Scotland online talk, 8 September 2021

17 May 2021
Join archaeologist Peter Yeoman for a talk on the Iona research project, the results of which transformed our understanding of the early medieval archaeology of Scotland’s most sacred place.

In his work with Historic Scotland in 2013, Peter Yeoman helped lead the re-presentation project at Iona Abbey, which included the creation of the award-winning new museum of the early medieval high crosses.

Join Dr Alan Miller for a 45-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

Places are limited so book now for just £10.

The creation of the museum was based on a new research project, now led by the University of Glasgow, which developed in 2017 and 2018 into the re-excavation of Charles Thomas' trenches from 60 years ago. This extraordinary work identified buildings from Columba's time, making sense of Thomas' unpublished work and greatly expanding our knowledge of the early monastery.

In this talk for History Scotland, Peter will draw together the current research strands to create a picture of life in Columba's monastery, his shrine, the production of the high crosses, all placed in context with the results of the recent excavations.

Join Peter Yeoman for a 45-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A. The webinar will be recorded and the recording made available to ticket holders for 7 days after broadcast.


The event will be chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, senior lecturer in history at the University of Dundee, and History Scotland’s consultant editor.

Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm (GMT+1). To find the start time in your time zone, visit


Peter Yeoman is an independent archaeologist and heritage consultant with a special knowledge of the research, interpretation and display of early medieval carved stones.

During the last decade, Peter (latterly Head of Head Cultural Heritage in Historic Scotland) led the concept and content development for Historic Scotland’s once-in-a-generation redisplay projects of the nationally important carved stone collections at Whithorn, St Vigeans and Iona Abbey.

Peter is currently pursuing a research project to establish a strategy for best-practice approaches to the museum display of early medieval carved stones, driven by the distinctive cultural significance of each collection. He is a Trustee of Archaeology Scotland, and a fellow of the Societies of Antiquaries of London and Scotland.

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Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm (GMT+1). To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

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