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Ness of Burgi 1 Description of stone

Event ID 1015585

Category Descriptive Accounts



Ness of Burgi 1, Shetland, portable carved stone disc

Measurements: Diam 70mm, 16mm

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: HU 3878 0839

Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (GA.138)

Evidence for discovery: found sometime prior to 1882 on the site of Ness of Burgi and given to the museum by John Bruce.

Present condition: some wear.


Almost central to one face of this disc is an incised rectangle divided into a grid of six small rectangles, some of which have a diagonal line running across them. The other side is lightly incised with lines making no recognisable pattern.

Date: early medieval.

References: Thomas 1963, fig 3.6; Scott & Ritchie 2009, no 24.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

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