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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 643520

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


HY31SW 11 3055 1264 and 3054 1263

See also HY31SW 12, HY31SW 61, HY31SW 62.

(HY 3054 1264) Standing Stone (NR)

OS 6" map, Orkney, 2nd ed., (1903).

The 'Watch Stone', a monolith 18 1/2 ft high, 5 ft wide and 16 ins thick, has been provided with a base of modern masonry to secure it.

The stump of a second monolith was found in the bank at the side of the road during road-making operations. It has now been removed but had rested in a hole cut in the shaly rock and had measured 3 ft high by 4 ft 9 ins wide and 5 ins thick. Its base had been packed round with small stones.

'It was aligned exactle NE and SW, i.e. at an obtuse angle to the Watch Stone. If, therefore, the level of the Loch has risen, it is just possible that we may have here the remnant of the SE arc of a great circle...'.

RCAHMS 1946, visited 28 May 1930.

The 'Watch Stone' is as described by the Commission: nothing was seen of the other stone.

Stone and site of stone supplied at 1/2500.

The missing stone was sited to HY 3054 1263, the 'Watch Stone' to HY 3055 1264.

Visited by OS (NKB) May 1966.

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