Pictish Arts Society look forward to Iona talk to kick off 2014 lectures

The first Pictish Arts Society lecture of 2014 will be given at Pictavia, near Brechin, by Peter Yeoman on Friday, March 21.

The title of the lecture is ‘Making Meaning out of Myth: rediscovering Columban Iona’.

This lecture will focus on the results of recent research into the abbey’s archaeology and collections, carried out as part of the Historic Scotland project to help the visitors and pilgrims who go to Columba’s isle to achieve a better understanding of the unique contribution that Columba’s monastery made to European Christian scholarship, theology, creativity and law-making.

One result is a new permanent exhibition of the largest and most important collection of early medieval high crosses and cross slabs in Britain and Ireland.

Peter will examine the events which led to the creation of the monumental high crosses - St Oran’s, St John’s and St Martin’s - in the mid 700s.

Peter Yeoman is principal researcher, Heritage Research, Historic Scotland.

He joined Historic Scotland as an inspector of ancient monuments in 1999, having been the county archaeologist for Fife for the 10 years prior to that.

He, along with the cultural resources team, is responsible for developing new understandings of the 345 properties in the care of Scottish Ministers, to aid visitor understanding and to advance scholarship.

Peter leads on research and archaeological management for major projects, most recently at St Vigeans, then at James V’s Palace in Stirling Castle and for the Iona Abbey redisplay project.

But he comes to Pictavia to reveal more about the early history of Iona Abbey as Scotland’s most sacred place.

Doors open at Pictavia at 7 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before and after the talks. The talks are free to members and £2.50 to non-members.