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Dead Man's Howe, Wantonwells

Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Dead Man's Howe, Wantonwells

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Canmore ID 18159

Site Number NJ62NW 38

NGR NJ 6145 2745

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Insch
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Wantonwells, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone fragment

Measurements: H 1.22m, W 0.72m

Stone type: coarse red granite

Place of discovery: NJ 6145 2745

Present location: Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen (ABDUA 15594).

Evidence for discovery: found during ploughing in 1983 above the Shevock burn.

Present condition: the upper part of the stone is missing, along with the bottom left-hand corner, and the carving is worn.


Incised on one broad face is most of a double disc and Z-rod symbol. Within each disc is carved an inner small circle with a central pit and radial arcs between the two concentric circles, conveying the impression of a seven-petalled flower.

Date: seventh century.

References: DES 1983, 11; Fraser 2008, no 50.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017


Reference (1983)

Class 1. Bearing double disc and rod. Coarse red granite. Found at a depth of 30cm while ploughing. Aberdeen University Museum: ABDUA 15594.

J Inglis 1983.

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone sowing a double-disc and Z-rod

A Mack 1997.

External Reference

NJ62NW 38 6145 2745

(Location cited as NJ 6145 2745). This incomplete Class I symbol stone was found in ploughing a hillside at an altitude of 135m OD.

NMRS, MS/712/58.


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