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Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Site Name Rosemarkie

Classification Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Groam House 10

Canmore ID 260008

Site Number NH75NW 7.14

NGR NH 737 576

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Rosemarkie 13, Ross & Cromarty, cross-slab fragment relief

Measurements: H 0.32m, W 0.42m, D 0.08m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 737 576

Present location: Inverness Museum & Art Galley (INVMG.1978.259), on loan to Groam House Museum.

Evidence for discovery: found in the churchyard in Rosemarkie.

Present condition: broken lower edge, carving very worn.


This is the top portion of a cross-slab, carved in relief on one broad face with a ringed cross within a roll moulded border. The cross and its ring, of which only the upper part survives, is outlined by an internal incised line, and its armpits are circular. The upper arm is longer than the side arms, and all three arms extend to the border of the slab. Appearing to hang from the top moulding on either side of the upper arms are two double spirals or possibly serpents.

Date: early ninth century.

References: Seright & Henderson 2013, 11.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017.

Archaeology Notes

NH75NW 7.14 737 576

Fragment of cross-slab, bearing a ring-headed cross in low relief, broken across the midline of the transverse arms. Pairs of spirally-entwined serpents fill the intervening panels (Inverness Museums and Galleries, INVMG 1978.259).



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