Whether you read absolutely nothing, or everything you can get your hands on, you’ll learn loads while you’re on site with us. If you do want to get stuck in before you arrive, you can find out loads about what we’ve already discovered at digventures.com/lindisfarne
If you want to start something light, but still historically rigorous, we’d recommend The King in the North, by Max Adams – it’s about King Oswald, who founded the very monastery we’re looking for.
If you want something a bit more academic, there’s plenty of material by Dr David Petts (who is collaborating on the project with us) available online, including:
Petts, D, 2013. Expanding the Archaeology of Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Medieval Archaeology 57: 302-307 http://digventures.com/lindisfarne/wp-content/uploads/Petts-Lindisfarne-Medieval-Archaeology.pdf
Petts, D, 2013. The Archaeology of Holy Island. The Tweed Valley Archaeological Journal, 172:sup1, 26-28 http://digventures.com/lindisfarne/wp-content/uploads/Petts-Arch-Journal.pdf
Petts, D. – Early Medieval Lindisfarne. YouTube video of a York Department of Archaeology Livestream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GBjPO3LZNA
There are a few more books too:
O’Sullivan, D, Young, R, 1995. English Heritage Book of Lindisfarne Holy Island, London: English Heritage.
O’Sullivan, D, 2001. Space, silence and shortage on Lindisfarne: the archaeology of asceticism in A. MacGregor and H. Hamerow (eds), Image and Power in the Archaeology of Early Medieval Britain: Essays in Honour of Rosemary Cramp, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 33-52
Foot, S, 2009. Monastic Life in Anglo Saxon England c. 600-900, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
And finally, the British Library has digitised the Lindisfarne Gospels (also on display in the treasures gallery!)
The Lindisfarne Gospels Digitized by The British Library “Turning the Pages” http://www.bl.uk/turning-the-pages/?id=fdbcc772-3e21-468d-8ca1-9c192f0f939c&type=book
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