Able Minds and Practiced Hands: Scotland's Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Able Minds and Practiced Hands

Scotland's Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century, 1st Edition

By Sally M. Foster, Morag Cross


440 pages

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This book presents essays that exemplify key themes including the interdependence of conservation, research and access; the need for a 21st-century inventory of the medieval sculpture; the breadth and value of the wide range of the research tools; and conservation issue.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Able Minds and Practised Hands: Historical Fact, 21st-Century Aspiration 2. Sculpture in Action: Contexts for Stone Carving on the Tarbat Peninsula, Easter Ross 3. That Stone was Born Here and That's Where it Belongs': Hilton of Cadboll and the Negotiation of Identity, Ownership and Belonging 4. Just an Ald Steen': Reverence, Reuse, Revulsion and Rediscovery 5. Fragments of Significance: The Whole Picture 6. Christ's Cross Down into the Earth: Some Cross-Bases and their Problems 7. Pictish Cross-Slabs: An Examination of their Original Archaeological Context 8. Hic Memoria Perpetua: The Early Inscribed Stones of Southern Scotland in Context 9. The Govan School Revisited: Searching for Meaning in the Early Medieval Sculpture of Strathclyde 10. Scotland's Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century: A Strategic Overview of Conservation Problems, Maintenance and Replication Methods 11. The Containment of Scottish Carved Stones in Situ: An Environmental Study of the Efficacy of Glazed Enclosures 12. The Runic Inscriptions of Scotland: Preservation, Documentation and Interpretation 13. Understanding What We See, or Seeing What We Understand: Graphic Recording, Past and Present, of the Early Medieval Sculpture at St Vigeans 14. The Bulls of Burghead and Allen's Technique of Illustration 15. A Perfect Accuracy of Delineation': Charlotte Wilhelmina Hibbert's Drawings of Early Medieval Carved Stones in Scotland 16. Bird, Beast or Fish? Problems of Identification and Interpretation of the Iconography Carved on the Tarbat Peninsula Cross-Slabs 17. Figuring Salvation: An Excursus into the Iconography of the Iona Crosses 18. The Role of Geological Analysis of Monuments: A Case Study from St Vigeans and Related Sites 19. The Early Medieval Sculptures from Murthly, Perth and Kinross: An Interdisciplinary Look at People, Politics and Monumental Art 20. Know Your Properties, Recognise the Possibilities: Historic Scotland's Strategy for the Interpretation of Early Medieval Sculpture in its Care 21. Proposals for the Re-Display of the Early Medieval Sculpture Collection at Whithorn: The Evolution of an Interpretative Approach 22. Curators of the Last Resort: The Role of a Local Museum Service in the Preservation and Interpretation of Early Medieval Sculptured Stones 23. A Museum Curator's Adventures in Pictland 24. The Missing Dimension: Future Directions in Digital Recording of Early Medieval Sculptured Stone 25. Three-Dimensional Recording of Pictish Sculpture 26. Towards A 'New ECMS': The Proposal for a New Corpus of Early Medieval Sculpture in Scotland

About the Series

Society for Medieval Archaeology Monographs

The Society has published a series of monographs for more than 50 years. Our list includes synthetic edited volumes on specific themes such as the archaeology of the 11th century and maritime societies of the Viking and medieval world. We also publish excavation monographs on all medieval site types from cemeteries and burials, rural settlement, towns, industry, religious and monastic sites, to manors and moat. Accounts of some of medieval archaeology's most iconic excavations can be found here.

All the publications are fully refereed with the aim of publishing at the highest academic level reports on sites of national and international importance, and of encouraging the widest debate. The series’ objectives are to cover the broadest chronological and geographical range and to assemble a series of volumes which reflect the changing intellectual and technical scope of the discipline.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / Medieval
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology