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Carved stone from Longforth

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:
Fragment of a cross head carved on a greywacke sandstone slab.  The decoration includes a central circle or roundel, one cross-arm defined by a groove and part of a geometric pattern.  It may have been a preaching cross or could even have marked the site of a now-lost chapel.  The style of carving suggests a date in the 10th or 11th centuries.  The cross fragment is similar in design to a number of Early Medieval carved stones from the Wigtownshire Machars, especially the chapel site at Barhobble.  The stone was found in 2004 when a dyke was being demolished.
Materials/Media:
sandstone
Dimensions:
230mm x 240mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2007.32
Digital Number:
SRMO003n
Creation Date:
900 - 1100ad
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council