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Desk Based Assessment

Date 1967

Event ID 667163

Category Recording

Type Desk Based Assessment


NJ42NE 30 49955 26512 (removed from NJ 4992 2649)

(NJ 4992 2649). Two sculptured stones were dug up amongst a number of other large stones from the foundations of the old church at Rhynie in the summer of 1878. One was used to form the foundation of a gate pillar but was recovered and now stands with the other against the north wall of the old churchyard by the entrance gateway. The whinstone example has a beast's head, double-disc, Z rod, mirror and comb symbols on it and the red granite stone has the double-disc, Z-rod, crescent and V-rod with mirror symbols (No. 5 and 6 respectively).

C Maclagan 1880; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903.

Two early Pictish stones, the larger, of gabbro, incised with a fine beast's head (resembling an otter or seal), a double disc and Z-rod and a mirror and comb. The comb is of a particular type which may be as early as the 4th or 5th century, while the surviving terminal of the Z-rod is more usually found on certain V-rods. The small slab of pink granite has part of an incised double disc and Z-rod, a crescent and V-rod, and a mirror, all in a very simple style.

A total of eight Pictish symbol stones comes from the immediate vicinity of the churchyard, perhaps focussed on the Craw Stane (NJ42NE 35).

I A G Shepherd 1986.

Information from OS.

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