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Burray, North Town Moss

Hoard (Silver)(Viking)

Site Name Burray, North Town Moss

Classification Hoard (Silver)(Viking)

Canmore ID 9579

Site Number ND49NE 5

NGR ND 4550 9658

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish South Ronaldsay
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

ND49NE 5 4550 9658.

On the 22nd April, 1889, Mr G Petrie, Little Wart, Burray found a hoard of Silver objects, including 10-11th century coins, in a wooden bowl, while cutting peat in the North Town Moss. The date of the deposit ws probably the earlier part of the 11th century. Now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).

RCAHMS 1946; H Shetelig 1940; J W Cursiter 1889

Mr J Petrie, of Little Wart, (the finder's grandson) pointed out on the ground at ND 4550 9658 the approximate find spot of this hoard, on the N margin of a bog.

Visited by OS (IMT) 18 May 1973

The discovery of the hoard, with fragmentary armlets and Anglo-Saxon coins in the wooden "dish", was reported in 'The Orcadian', 1889.


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