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Mains Of Afforsk

Cross Incised Stone (Early Medieval), Ogham Inscribed Stone (Early Medieval)

Site Name Mains Of Afforsk

Classification Cross Incised Stone (Early Medieval), Ogham Inscribed Stone (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Woodend; Bennachie Forest; Millstone Hill

Canmore ID 80727

Site Number NJ62SE 23

NGR NJ 6956 2085

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/80727

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Administrative Areas

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

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Mains of Afforsk, Aberdeenshire, ogham-inscribed cross-slab

Measurements: H 0.95m, W 1.50m, D 0.80m

Stone type: granite

Place of discovery: NJ 6956 2085

Present location: in situ on a low hill in Bennachie Forest.

Evidence for discovery: found in 1994 during tree-felling operations.

Present condition: good.

Description

This rectilinear, almost pillow-shaped, slab bears an incised simple equal-armed cross, placed centrally on one broad surface. Incised along the top edges of the slab at both ends are short ogham inscriptions.

Date: seventh or eighth century.

References: DES 1994, 27.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017.

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Mains of Afforsk, Aberdeenshire, ogham-inscribed cross-slab

Measurements: H 0.95m, W 1.50m, D 0.80m

Stone type: granite

Place of discovery: NJ 6956 2085

Present location: in situ on a low hill in Bennachie Forest.

Evidence for discovery: found in 1994 during tree-felling operations.

Present condition: good.

Description

This rectilinear, almost pillow-shaped, slab bears an incised simple equal-armed cross, placed centrally on one broad surface. Incised along the top edges of the slab at both ends are short ogham inscriptions.

Date: seventh or eighth century.

References: DES 1994, 27.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017

Activities

Field Visit (1994)

See also NJ62SE 18.

Cross-incised stone: large granite boulder 1.50m x 0.95m x 0.80m with cross, measuring 35cm x 35cm x 2cm deep incised in centre on flat side. On edge of boulder are either Roman numerals or possible oghams: five diagonal slashes and a cross (/////X). Slashes vary in length.

B Staigner and M Greig 1994; NMRS MS/712/6.

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