The Portal July 2018 - Page 19

THE P RTAL July 2018 Page 19 Christian one. The other one has the interlaced cross, with a cross. If future generations have to lift the so that’s Christian. A lot of the Vikings were Christian. stones, they know that they have to take care of the intact bodies which are lying underneath them. If there “The Irish Kings and Scandinavian Kings which are are bodies under that church there are also going to here, is probably true. There is no written evidence be bodies under the three other churches. This church but in 1200 Somerled, the first Lord of the Isles, built has covered up some of the accent sites because this the chapel. It was built as the Lords of the Isles family was probably a sacred site before Columbus’ time. mausoleum. It was started by him before 1200 and probably finished by his son. Columbus came from Ireland with It was specifically for the Lords of the 12 companions in 563. When he Isles. Now because they were taking came, there was a vallum – an earth over this area, they conquered here and embankment around the monastery - started taking over the Hebrides. only part of which remains, covering about twenty acres. Much has been “Around 1160, they would have built washed away, but what remains is the mausoleum close to the kings quite impressive. That was started in they knew at that time were buried Christian times but the exploratory here, or royalty or famous - people digs they have made this year (and in of importance. Because they were 2013/14) show the vallum was started claiming areas, their mausoleum would at least three hundred years before have been right on the edge of the grave Columbus came here. at 1160 and that would have been at the Ros, my guide south of the church, and probably the “We don’t really know what it was for, front of the church, because by St John’s Cross there but there has always been talk of it being a burial site are some very ancient burial stones. Now we have no for kings. This does not mean necessarily just kings of archaeological evid Ёѡɕ́ɔ܁ѡḾ̰ݔ܁ɕѡɔɔYɥ)ѕЁЁѡЁ͔́Êéѡ䁡ɔЁЁձͼɔ ɥѥQɔ́)ѕѡɍÊéѡɕɕѡݕЁͥѡɍѡЁ݅́ѕ͕)ɍQ䃊L䰁ݡѡɕɕѡɕЁɔ ɥѥѥ̸Q́́ɥձɔ)ѡեѡɔ݅́ЁՉ)ѡݕЁͥѡɔ́%ɽЁݥѠ) ɽ锁ɥ̸Aٔɔѡͅ+qQɔ́ͼѡɕЁѡݡ݅́ѡ́ͅ啅̸]ЁɕȁѡЁѡ͔)ፅمѕѡ̸ѡЁɽѡЁ́ѽɥ́eЁхЁɽѡ)ɕɽչͼݡѡɍ́əɵ)ѡȁ̰Ё5䁅ݥѡ́5䤁ѡ䁡Ѽ)]ɔɅѕհѼÍȁȁѥȁ͡ɥ)ݸͥЁɔѡ䁝ЁѼѡɥɽչȁݱݥѠ̸)ٕQ䁡ٔչե́ЁѡЁ݅ͻeЁɕ)ݡЁѡݕɔȸ)QAͽ=ɑɥє=ȁ1䁽]ͥ+qUȁѡɍѡɔ́ͽѡѽх)ɕи%ѡ́ѡ䁑Ѽɕȁѡɍ)ѡ䁉ɽ՝Ёѡɍ́IȰѡ)ɕЁѕѼݡЁݔܸٔQ)ѡ՝Ёѡ䁙չѡɕ́ѡɕե)չɹѠѡɕ͕ЁɍMѡɔݕɔѡɕ)ե́չȁѡЁɍѡյѥ)ѡЁӊéѡͥєѡɥɍ)ͼչɹѠѡ́ɍѡɔɔЁ̸)]ѡ䁱ѕѡѽ́ѡЁɽ)ѡ݅Qȁ݅́ͼѡ䁱ѕ)ѡ͔ѽ́չ䁉̰ͽݡ)ݕɔхаݡ݅́ɥ͔͔ѡ)ݽձЁЁ̸+q]ԁѡɍݡɔѡ͔)ٔȁɥ̰ѡѽ́ٔɭ)Q!=IH=5ML)٥\͡P4ͅ)ɑݥѠѡHHє)=ɑɥє5́ɑ́ݥѠѡ)=ɑȁ5́ɽ)٥\͡P4ͅ)ɔ܁م)Aɥ́ՑU,ٕ+ āȁͥ䰃 ̸Ȁ+ ЁȀ ؁Ȁ Ȁ)=ٕ͕́եɥ͔́)̹ɑɑɥєɜլ)ȁх)QɑȰ͔͕ȁɕ́ݥѠ)Ք光Ѽ=ɑɥє=1\Ѽ)5́ ɑ̰=ɑɥє=1\ЁMՅɔ1\)H