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Description of stone

Event ID 1009920

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Early Medieval Carved Stones Project


Caiplie, Chapel Cave, Fife, rock carvings


Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NO 5998 0583

Present location: in situ.

Evidence for discovery: first recorded around 1831 and published by Stuart in 1867.

Present condition: fair.


Traditionally used by hermits, this cave has many crosses incised on its walls and a Pictish symbol, mostly on the NE wall. The symbol comprised a Z-rod, and there are many (at least 17) simple linear crosses and some outlined linear crosses (Stuart recorded 7). An arch symbol is recorded in a smaller cave (Mortuary Cave) to the east but is no longer visible.

Date: seventh century or later.

References: Stuart 1867, pl 29; Fraser 2008, no 79.

Desk-based infomation compiled by A Ritchie 2016

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