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Ness of Burgi 2 Description of stone

Event ID 1015586

Category Descriptive Accounts



Ness of Burgi 2, Shetland, portable carved stone disc

Measurements: Diam 75mm, D 18mm

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: HU 3878 0839

Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (GA.137)

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.


Set a little inside the perimeter of one face of the disc is a firmly incised circular band of key pattern composed of running T-bars. Within this circle there is a curving line. On the other side of the disc there is a lightly incised design consisting of a central square, with lines radiating out from its corners and ending in spirals.

Date: early medieval.

References: Thomas 1963, fig 3.3; Scott & Ritchie 2009, no 26.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

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