|Discovery:||arch excav, 1980 Morris, C.|
|History:||Forsyth/1996, 85--86: `...unearthed during the summer of 1980...The stone had been re-used in an area paved with large sandstone flags. No other finds were recovered from this context which was sealed `by one of the rubble spreads between sites E and S' [Morris 1981: 36]. Calibrated radiocarbon dates obtained for this context were in the range 560-769, centering on c. 648. Thus the secondary context of the ogham can be dated approximately to the seventh century, plus or minus 50 years'.|
|Geology:||Forsyth/1996, 86: `Local- Stromness flag series (orange brown calcareous siltstone, ferric rich)'.|
|Dimensions:||0.31 x 0.35 x 0.06 (Forsyth/1996)|
Forsyth examined the stone in the Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow (Forsyth/1996, 85).
Forsyth/1996, 86: `A parallelogram-shaped building stone'.
|Condition:||complete , good|
Forsyth/1996, 86: `Flag intact'.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Forsyth, K.S. (1996):||[M][A!][B!]--]QQHO[B!][-|
|Position:||inc ; broad ; inc ; other|
Forsyth/1996, 86: `...runs roughly parallel with the long edge, wavering slightly...the ogham stem is not placed medially, but only about a third of the way up the narrow edge'.
Forsyth/1996, 86: `...sharply and fairly deeply incised with a blade, the stem a little more substantially carved than the letter strokes'.
|Date:|| - 600 (Forsyth/1996)|
See above for the archaeological context which dates this stone to before the seventh century.
|Language:||name only (ogams)|
Forsyth/1996, 86: `Only middle section of inscription survives. Some individual strokes badly worn, top of third letter lost in spall'.