Ben­bec­ula

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A NEW ex­hi­bi­tion in Mu­seum nan Eilean, Ben­bec­ula, He­bridean Norse­men, ex­plores the Norse pe­riod in the Outer He­brides from the first ar­rival of the raid­ing Vikings to their set­tle­ment on the is­lands.

The ex­hi­bi­tion charts changes in the daily life of the in­hab­i­tants of the is­lands, the im­por­tance of craft ac­tiv­i­ties and the artis­tic and re­li­gious life of the im­mi­grants.

Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal arte­facts from a num­ber of sites across the Outer He­brides are ex­hib­ited, in­clud­ing finds from Cardiff Univer­sity’s decade-long ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tion at Bor­nish in South Uist.

Di­rec­tor of the ex­ca­va­tions, Pro­fes­sor Niall Sharples, said: ‘It is a great plea­sure to dis­play a selec­tion of the ma­te­rial re­cov­ered from Bor­nais, as they em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of the He­brides in the Vik­ing world. There are a range of ob­jects from re­gions as far apart as Nor­way and Greece, and much from near neigh­bours Ire­land, Eng­land and Shet­land.

‘The in­hab­i­tants of Bor­nais clearly in­cluded an im­por­tant fam­ily that were of the high­est rank in the King­dom of Man and the Isles.’

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