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Early Scottish Monasteries and Prehistory: A Preliminary Dialogue

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JournalThe Scottish Historical Review
DatePublished - Oct 2009
Issue number226
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)332-351
Original languageEnglish


Reflecting oil the diversity of monastic attributes found in the east and west of Britain, the author proposes that prehistoric ritual practice was influential on monastic form. An argument is advanced that this was not based solely oil inspiration Front the landscape, nor oil conservative tradition, but oil the intellectual reconciliation of Christian and non-Christian ideas, with disparate results that account. for the differences in monumentality. Among more general matters tentatively credited with a prehistoric root are the cult of relics, the tonsure and the date of Easter.

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