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Sands Of Evie

Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Sands Of Evie

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Canmore ID 2183

Site Number HY32NE 31

NGR HY 3723 2640

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Evie And Rendall
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Sands of Evie, Evie & Rendall, Orkney, Pictish symbol stone fragment

Measurements: H 0.28m, W 0.23m, D 0.09m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: HY c 377 265

Present location: The Orkney Museum, Kirkwall (OM 1976.233)

Evidence for discovery: found on the beach at the Sands of Evie near the broch of Gurness in 1967.

Present condition: broken and water-worn.


This small fragment is part of a symbol stone and is incised with the lower portion of a mirror symbol. Part of the face of the mirror survives, along with the bi-partite handle, which has a double outline and consists of a triangle clasping the mirror and a ball terminal.


References: Ritchie, J N G 1969; Fraser 2008, no 174; Scott & Ritchie 2014, no 7.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2017

Archaeology Notes

HY32NE 31 3723 2640.

This fragment (0.8m by 0.23m and 0.09m), found on the Sands of Evie in 1967, bears a mirror symbol; it is now preserved in Tankerness House Museum, Kirkwall.

J N G Ritchie 1969; RCAMS 1985.

Class I symbol stone showing part of a mirror.

A Mack 1997


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