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Hog back gravestone, Mossknowe

Description:

This type of gravestone is known as hogback and is based on the design of a Scandinavian house, with markings representing roof shingles.  This type of grave stone was most common in the Danelaw or east of England.

 

After AD 793 Scandinavian raids and settlement produced a mixed population with pagan traditions.  By the late AD 800s raids on Northumbria had reduced its influence in Galloway, and its control was replaced by that of the Gaels from Ireland who also brought strong Scandinavian traditions with them.

Materials/Media:
stone, sedimentary rock, sandstone
Dimensions:
height 250mm, width 580mm, depth 300mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1968.91
Digital Number:
DMMO001n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council