|Discovery:||non-arch dig, 1903 inc|
|History:||Forsyth/1996, 206: `Three ogham-inscribed fragments were recovered from the vicinity of the churchyard of the ancient, long-disused church of Cunningburgh ... All three are now in the NMS. ... The third (NMS IB 182) [this stone] was unearthed in the spring of 1903 in digging a grave in the churchyard'.|
|Geology:||Forsyth/1996, 219: `Micaceous sandstone'.|
|Dimensions:||0.44 x 0.26 x 0.5 (Forsyth/1996)|
|Location:||National Museum of Scotland|
Forsyth/1996, 206: `now in the NMS'.
Forsyth/1996, 219: `A thin parallelogram-shaped fragment of sandstone, incised with three lines of ogham and otherwise undecorated'.
|Condition:||frgmntry , poor|
Forsyth/1996, 219: `...so much of this slab has been lost that it is impossible to determine its original form or orientation'.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Forsyth, K.S. (1996):||+TTEC[O^G][-- | --]A[V^BL]:DATT[V][B!][-- | --][A!]VVR[--|
ETTEC[O^G] [--][A!]VVR[--]A[V^BL]: DATT[V][B!][--
Forsyth/1996 219--226 substantial discussion
|Position:||inc ; broad ; inc ; undecorated|
Forsyth/1996, 224, discusses the possible relationship of the three separate lines of ogham and concludes that the `three segments can, in fact, be interpreted as one continuous line but in the form of a spiral. This would entail reading them in the sequence A, C,. B, with perhaps at least five letters missing between C and B'.
|Palaeography:||Forsyth/1996, 222--223: `Over and above the uniquely meandering stem, the most notable feature of the script of Cunningsburgh 3 is the distinctively stumpy appearance of the short and widely-spaced strokes'.|
Forsyth/1996, 220: `Three sections of ogham survive. The three lines are straight and roughly parallel except for the lower end of the middle line, which curves towards the centre'.
Forsyth/1996, 224: `Because of the breaks in the stone, there is considerable doubt over a number of individual letters, and, as discussed above, there is an uncertainty in the transliteration of certain characters'.