Excavation of medieval graves at St Thomas' Kirk, Hall of Rendall, Orkney

Toolis, Ronan. 2008 Excavation of medieval graves at St Thomas' Kirk, Hall of Rendall, Orkney. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 138. 239-266.

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In early 2005 a particularly severe storm exposed human bones on the foreshore immediately east of the ruins of St Thomas’ Kirk. The subsequent excavation recovered 14 individual inhumations. The skeletons exhibited a relatively high number of pathological conditions and evidence of a diet that included fish, meat and dairy products. Isotopic analysis confirms that one of the individuals was from either the Outer Hebrides or Northern Shetland while the rest originated from Orkney. The graves were arranged in distinct grave plots on a north/south aligned row, clustered particularly close to the east side of St Thomas’ Kirk. Imported medieval pottery, of a type unknown in Orkney or indeed Scotland, was recovered from the graves.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2008 > NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Contributions by J Barrett, N Boulton, C Chenery, J Evans, D Hall, A MacSween, M Melikian & M Richards
Date made live: 07 Apr 2010 09:41 +0 (UTC)

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