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Unst, Baliasta

Findspot (20th Century), Pendant (Stone), Perforated Object (Stone)

Site Name Unst, Baliasta

Classification Findspot (20th Century), Pendant (Stone), Perforated Object (Stone)

Canmore ID 97

Site Number HP60NW 14

NGR HP 60 09

NGR Description HP c. 60 09

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Unst
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HP60NW 14 c. 60 09

A perforated stone, measuring 2 3/4ins by 1 7/8ins by 7/8ins, and a flat oval pendant of stone with a picked perforation countersunk from both sides, near one end, measuring 5 7/8ins by 3 3/8ins by 7/8ins, from Baliasta (name: HP 605 095) are in the Royal Museum of Scotland (RMS, formerly the National Museum of Antiquties of Scotland [NMAS]) (Accession no: BG 309 and BG 323 respectively). The latter is said to have been hung on the foreheads of cattle to keep them from bolting. The signs of wear at the perforation seem to bear out this attribution.

Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1936.

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