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Mains of Afforsk Description of stone

Event ID 1023349

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Early Medieval Carved Stones Project


Mains of Afforsk, Aberdeenshire, ogham-inscribed cross-slab

Measurements: H 0.95m, W 1.50m, D 0.80m

Stone type: granite

Place of discovery: NJ 6956 2085

Present location: in situ on a low hill in Bennachie Forest.

Evidence for discovery: found in 1994 during tree-felling operations.

Present condition: good.


This rectilinear, almost pillow-shaped, slab bears an incised simple equal-armed cross, placed centrally on one broad surface. Incised along the top edges of the slab at both ends are short ogham inscriptions.

Date: seventh or eighth century.

References: DES 1994, 27.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017

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