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Jarlshof 3 Description of stone

Event ID 1015576

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/event/1015576

Jarlshof 3, Shetland, portable carved stone disc

Measurements: Diam 60mm, D 15mm

Stone type: fine-grained sandstone

Place of discovery: HU 3980 0959

Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (HSA.4042)

Evidence for discovery: found during excavation in 1933 of the floor deposits in wheelhouse 2.

Present condition: considerable edge damage and wear, and the narrow face and reverse side show polishing caused by wear.

Description

On one face of this disc a Pictish symbol is incised: a plain double disc and Z-rod, with the rod crossing the double disc at a right angle. One of the rod terminals is missing.

Date: late iron age/early medieval.

References: Curle 1934, 229, fig 5; Thomas 1963, fig 3.8; Fraser 2008, no 213; Scott & Ritchie 2009, no 17.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

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