Pictish Symbol Stone (pictish)

Site Name Greens

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (pictish)

Canmore ID 3064

Site Number HY50SW 9

NGR HY 5419 0317

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish St Andrews And Deerness
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY50SW 9 5419 0317.

This stone was found close to the farm buildings at Greens in 1923 and is now in National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS (IB 203); incised on hard flagstone, it bears a circular disc and rectangle with square indentation, crescent and V-rod, and mirror.

H Marwick 1924; RCAHMS 1946; RCAHMS 1985.

The find-spot, at HY 5419 0317, was indicated by Mr J Laughton who wa s present at the time.

Visited by OS 23 August 1964.

Class I symbol stone bearing a mirror-case above a crescent and V-rod with a mirror below.

A.Mack 1997

The Greens stone was found in 1923 during trenching operations in the farmyard. It bears three incised symbols: disc with notched rectangle, crescent and V-rod, and mirror (Royal Museum of Scotland IB 203).

H Marwick 1924; RCAHMS 1946; 1987 (OR18); F T Wainwright 1962.


Orkney Smr Note

Discovered 7th December 1923 by farmer Mr D Laughton digging drain, 3 or 4 yards from NE corner of farm buildings. Stone was 1ft down lying flat on its face. [R1 & R2]

Photographic plate. [R3]

Find spot confirmed by Mr D Laughton who was present at time of discovery.

Symbols are Disc-and-notched-rectangle


Mirror OS visit Aug 1964

Information from Orkney SMR


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