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Ardross

Pictish Symbol Stone(S) (Pictish)

Site Name Ardross

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone(S) (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Stittenham

Canmore ID 13738

Site Number NH67SE 12

NGR NH 650 743

NGR Description NH c. 650 743

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Rosskeen
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT

Ardross 1, Stittenham, Ross & Cromarty, Pictish symbol stone fragment

Measurements: H 0.31m, W 0.49m, D 0.13m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 650 743

Present location: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (INVMG 00.209)

Evidence for discovery: found sometime before 1863 built into a wall at Stittenham.

Present condition: broken but carving clear except where flaking has occurred.

Description

This fragment is incised with a finely delineated wolf, padding along towards the right. Three of his four paws are missing along with much of his tail, but the body shows scroll joints and ear, rounded eye, and jaw open to show his tongue.

Date: seventh century

References: ECMS pt 3, 55-6; Fraser 2008, no 118.1.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2017

EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT

Ardross 2, Stittenham, Ross & Cromarty, Pictish symbol stone fragment

Measurements: H 0.34m, W 0.32m, D 0.10m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 650 743

Present location: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (INVMG 00.208)

Evidence for discovery: found sometime before 1863 built into a wall at Stittenham.

Present condition: broken but carving clear except where flaking has occurred.

Description

This fragment is incised with a beast head, facing right, lacking only the lower part of its body. It has a scrolled chest, two pricked ears, large oval eye and long slender muzzle.

Date: seventh century

References: ECMS pt 3, 55-6; Fraser 2008, no 118.2.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2017

Archaeology Notes

NH67SE 12 c. 650 743

Two sandstone fragments, bearing incised representations of a deer and wolf in Pictish style, were found 'built into an old wall at Stittenham' before 1891. Often known as the Ardross 'wolf' and 'horse', they are preserved in Inverness Museum (INVMG 00.208-9).

J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAHMS 1979; RCAHMS 1985.

In Inverness Museum, two class I symbol stones showing:

Ardross 1 : a wolf

Ardross 2 : a deer's head

A Mack 1997.

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