This possible Class I symbol stone was found during the excavation of a broch.
The stone, measuring around 0.2m tall by 1.02m wide and 0.03m thick, was found in 1922 when the broch mound was being quarried for stone. It is carved with a small human figure in profile, around 0.06m tall, facing left and wearing a cloak. Two or three curls around the head area may represent an intended elaborate hairstyle or a hood. In front of the figure is a lightly-incised symbol which has been interpreted as a possible boat.
It isn’t clear if the carving is Pictish or later in date, and it has been suggested that it was carved with a knife while the stone was built horizontally into a wall.
The stone was donated to National Museum of Scotland in 1922 with the accession number X.IB.201.
Alternative names for Burness
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