The intricately designed hoard of Lewis Chessmen is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland. This account includes images of all 93 pieces and reports on new scientific research on how, where and when they were made.
Part of Birlinn's series of Scottish Historical Guides, Dr. Caldwell's book draws on a great deal of primary research and local knowledge to create a detailed account of the history of these relic strewn Hebridean Islands. Essential reading for local and tourist alike.
Co-publication with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. A timely, scholarly look at the Lewis Chessmen, made in twelfth-century Scandinavia, now in the National Museum of Scotland and in the British Museum.
Islay was originally part of Dal Riata, the early kingdom of the Scots, but was then colonised by Scandinavian settlers in the middle of the ninth century. This book provides a grounding in island history for visitors and locals alike. It offers details on local families, and is intended for genealogists and those tracing their roots to Islay.
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