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Gurness Description of stone

Event ID 1015700

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/event/1015700

Gurness 2, Broch of Gurness, Orkney, cross-slab

Measurements: H 0.85m, W 0.24m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: HY 3817 2685

Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

Evidence for discovery: found on top of the broch wall during excavations in 1935.

Present condition: good.

Description

The slab is carved with a simple pecked linear cross. Although the slab is roughly rectangular, the axis of the cross is not parallel to the sides of the stone, which may suggest that it was carved on an existing building stone.

Date: sixth or seventh century.

References: Hedges 1987, vol ii, no 306, fig 2.52; Scott & Ritchie 2015, no 16.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016.

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