MHG3360 - Findspot of symbol stone, Garbeg
A fragment of Pictish Stone, found during the excavation of a cairn in 1974. Now in Inverness Museum.
Type and Period (1)
- INSCRIBED STONE (Pictish to Early Medieval - 300 AD to 1057 AD)
- None recorded
NH53SW 15.1 5110 3222
'This fragment found during the excavation of a small cairn in 1974 is now in Inverness Museum (Acc No 974.75); a thin slab of sandstone, it bears a fragmentary crescent and V-rod.'
RCAHMS 1985; L M M Wedderburn and D M Grime 1975. <1><2>
Included in a catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, original version 1994, updated 2010. Found within a disturbed stone cairn. The left hand portion of a crescent & V-rod symbol, with lobed infill inside the crescent. The top of a symbol of uncertain type sits below the right point of the V-rod. It may represent the mane of a Pictish Beast facing right.<3><4>
The barrow from which this symbol stone was recovered lies at the N end of the square barrow cemetery (NH53SW 15.00), at NH 5110 3226.
Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 4 September 1997
Class I symbol stone showing a crescent and V-rod with ? An elephant's antenna.
A Mack 1997
The stone is listed under Acc. No. 1974.075 in the Inverness Museum catalogue. <5>
Garbeg, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire, Pictish symbol stone fragment
Measurements: H 0.49m, W 0.95m, D 0.05m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: NH 5110 3222
Present location: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (INVMG 1955.30)
Evidence for discovery: found in 1974 just beneath the turf in the centre of a ditched circular cairn in a cemetery of round and rectangular platform cairns at Garbeg.
Present condition: broken and incomplete.
The fragment appears to be the top left corner of a symbol stone, with two intact edges. It is finely incised with part of an ornamented crescent and V-rod symbol, and there was clearly a second symbol below, represented by a curving design which could be the ‘lappit’ of a Pictish beast symbol. The rest of the slab was not found when the cairn was excavated.
Date: seventh century.
References: Wedderburn & Grime 1984; Fraser 2008, no 110.
Early Medieval Carved Stones Project, Compiled by A Ritchie 2017
- --- Image/Photograph(s): Drumnadrochit, Garbeg, Pictish stone. Colour Slide. .
- --- Image/Photograph(s): Drumnadrochit, Garbeg, Pictish stone, line drawing. Colour Slide. .
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Alcock, E A. 1991. 'Pictish stones class I: where and how?', Glasgow Archaeol J Vol. 15 1988-89, p.1-21. Glasgow Archaeol J. 1-21. 19.
- --- Interactive Resource/Online Database: RCAHMS. Canmore, online database of the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). 12634.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Jackson, A. 1984. The symbol stones of Scotland: a social anthropological resolution to the problem of the Picts.
- --- Image/Photograph(s): Drumnadrochit, Garbeg, Pictish stone. Unknown. .
- --- Image/Photograph(s): Drumnadrochit, Garbeg, Pictish stone, line drawing. Unknown. .
- <1> Text/Publication/Article: Wedderburn and Grime, L M M and D M. 1984. The cairn cemetery at Garbeg, Drumnadrochit, Brit Archaeol Rep Vol. 125. SHG23462. 151-68. 231.
- <2> Text/Publication/Volume: Ritchie, J N G. 1985. Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985. 12.
- <3> Collection/Catalogue: Hanley, R G. 1994. A catalogue of the Class I Pictish symbol stones in the collections of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. 11.
- <4> Text/Publication/Booklet: Inverness Museum. 2010. A Catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Paper (Copy).
- <5> Collection/Catalogue: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Inverness Museum & Art Gallery Accession registers. 1974.075.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 5109 3221 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Civil Parish||URQUHART AND GLENMORISTON|
- SYMBOL STONE (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)
Related Monuments/Buildings (1)
Related Investigations/Events (0)
External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/12634 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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