|Discovery:||recognised, 1920 inc|
|History:||Forsyth/1996, 76: `...this stone, dubbed `the Wall Stone' by Padel, appears to have been found in a secondary context, reused in the eleventh-century structure known as `Thorfinn's Palace', though there is some doubt over the precise circumstances of its recovery'.|
|Geology:||Forsyth/1996, 76: `Orkney flag'.|
|Dimensions:||0.62 x 0.3 x 0.11 (converted from Forsyth/1996)|
|Setting:||Lost (present 1971, missing 1996)|
|Location:||Forsyth/1996, 75, noted that BIRSY/1 and BIRSY/2 both disappeared whilst in the care of the Department of the Environment. |
Forsyth/1996, 76: `A squarish flag-stone'.
|Condition:||incomplete , some|
Forsyth/1996, 76: `According to Padel the stone had been broken and the two pieces cemented together'.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Padel, O. (1972):||[B^A]QI[:]A[B^A]|
Padel/1972 55--61 reading only
|Forsyth, K.S. (1996):||[M]ONNORRA[N]RR|
Forsyth/1996 77--81 substantial discussion
|Position:||inc ; arris ; inc ; undecorated|
Padel/1972, 56, states that the inscription was along the narrow face of the stone.
|Date:||500 - 1199 (Forsyth/1996)|
|Language:||name only (oghms)|
|Palaeography:||Forsyth/1996, 77--80, provides a detailed description of the lettering, followed by her comment that: `The more developed features being that all the letters slope forward, the vowels are angled, and there is one fordif, the hammer-head A. More simple features are the lack of marked spacing between letters and the lack of bind-strokes, apart from the serifed A. The lack of word division may not be significant if, as appears likely, the text is a single word, a personal name. The letters are squarish in outline, in other words a five letter stroke has a similar vertical and horizontal length.'|
Forsyth/1996, 76: `Fragmentary, `much chipped' [Padel Notes]''.