MHG12474 - Findspot of symbol stone, Langdale


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC64SE 23 69 44.

Part of an incised slab was found on Angus Gunn's farm at the foot of Langdale (NC 69 44 ) during trenching in 1905. The fragment measures 44 ins by 27 ins and is about 3 ins thick. The device, part of a concentric figure resembling the crescent symbol of the sculptured stones, is so clearly and artistically cut that sculptor must have used a sharp iron tool. When found the stone was standing upright on a dry ridge and was sunk so deeply into the ground that is upper end was about 16 ins below surface. At its base lay three rough boulders each weighing about 56 lbs.
A Mackay 1906.

Angus Gunn's son, Hugh, at Langdale, could not remember this slab being discovered, nor did he know its present whereabouts.
Visited by OS (J L D) 11 May 1960.

Class I symbol stone (lost) bearing a horseshoe.
A.Mack 1997 p.141

Mackay, A, 1906, 'Notes on a slab with incised cresentic design, stone mould for casting spear-heads, a cup-marked stone, holy-water stoup, and other antiquities in Strathnaver, Sutherlandshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 40 1905-6, p.128-33, 128-9; illust (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1190.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 87, No. 253 (Text/Report). SHG2657.

Thomas, C, 1963, 'The interpretation of the Pictish symbols', Archaeol J Vol. 120 1963, p.31-97, 94 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1685.

Ritchie, J N G, 1985, Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985, 14 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2712.

Mack, A, 1997, Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones, 141 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2456.

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Grid reference Centred NC 6900 4400 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC64SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

Finds (1)

  • SYMBOL STONE (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)

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