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Broch Of Gurness, Aikerness, Pictish Symbol Stone

Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Broch Of Gurness, Aikerness, Pictish Symbol Stone

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Point Of Helia; Sands Of Evie

Canmore ID 2202

Site Number HY32NE 5.01

NGR HY 381 268

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

Gurness 1, Broch of Gurness, Orkney, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 0.39m, W 0.53m, D 0.29m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: HY 3817 2685

Present location: Broch of Gurness site museum

Evidence for discovery: found during excavations in 1935, on top of a wall in a building flanking the pathway leading to the broch.

Present condition: good.


This is a rough building block and the symbols are very lightly incised on a broad flat surface: a rectangle, a disc with indented rectangle and an indented rectangle.

Date: sixth or seventh century.

References: Clouston 1937; Ritchie, J N G 1969; Hedges 1987, vol ii, 85, 125, 218; Fraser 2008, no 165; Scott & Ritchie 2015, no 8.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

Archaeology Notes

HY32NE 5.01 381 268

See also:

HY32NE 5.00 HY 3818 2685 Broch; Viking Settlement; Ogams

Class I symbol stone.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

This stone found in the excavation of the broch in 1935 is now in the site-museum; it measures 0.27m by 0.19m and 0.29m thick and bears two rectangular symbols and a circular disc and rectangle with square indentation. The stone was found on the wall between broch buildings 3 and 4 at a height of 0.7m from floor level (additional information kindly provided by J W Hedges).



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