St Magnus Cathedral Graffiti Project, Orkney

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St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is one of the most iconic buildings in Orkney. Built from striking red
and yellow sandstone, it was part of the Norwegian church when it was first constituted in 1137 and is the only wholly medieval cathedral surviving in Scotland. Inspired by surveys of medieval
church graffiti elsewhere in the UK such as the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti project – the St Magnus
Graffiti Project was born in 2019. During 2019/20, archaeologists from the Orkney Research Centre
for Archaeology (ORCA) and University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) trained and assisted volunteers to undertake survey work in the cathedral.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationCelebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • Archaeology
  • Orkney
  • Graffiti
  • St Magnus Cathedral


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