Commenting on the hut date findings, Glasgow University archaeologist, Dr Adrián Maldonado, said: “This discovery is massive. “We were granted access to the original finds from Charles Thomas, and we could work on his notes and charcoal samples which were excavated in 1957.
Luckily Thomas kept hold of them, as he knew they were important, and because they were kept dry, they were still in a good condition.
However, it is conceivable that the story was inherited from a pre-Christian phase of Iona’s story.“Thomas always believed he and his team had uncovered Columba’s original wooden hut, but they could never prove it because the technology wasn’t there.Radiocarbon dating was in its infancy, it had only been discovered a year earlier in 1956, so there was not a lot they could do with the samples.23 February 2018 - 01 March 2018 Compiled by the Official Charts Company, Scotland's biggest singles of the week, based on sales of digital downloads, CDs, vinyl and other formats, across a seven day period. , Iain Murray describes how for 300 years the school of evangelical Christianity changed Scotland as a nation.Passing on the evangel of the Reformation, and growing stronger in persecution, it turned a people to the Bible, and finally gave many of its best sons and daughters to the ends of the earth.For fidelity, joyful perseverance in hardship, and improbably advance, the record remains a witness to the faith that overcomes the world.The compelling interest of this account lies in the way it draws on contemporary records-many of these Christian leaders being authors as well as men of action.Murray’s narrative explores this rich heritage and underlines its remarkable relevance for our own day.While not a Scottish Church history, A Scottish Christian Heritage is a gripping introduction to the many glorious successes, and some of the painful failures of the church, from the days of John Knox to those of Horatius Bonar. Archaeologists have located one of the most important buildings in the history of Western European Christianity – but it’s not a vast cathedral or an impressive tomb, but merely a humble wattle and daub hut on a remote windswept island.