Ogham inscriptions from the Brough of Birsay

Forsyth, K. (2021) Ogham inscriptions from the Brough of Birsay. In: Morris, C. D. and Barrowman, R. C. (eds.) The Birsay Bay Project Volume 3: The Brough of Birsay, Orkney: Investigations 1954-2014. Oxbow: Oxford, pp. 375-388. ISBN 9781789256079

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Detailed discussion of three ogham-inscribed building slabs excavated from the Brough of Birsay in 1934, 1960, and 1980 respectively. The former two were long thought lost but have recently been identified in the collections of the National Museum of Scotland. The stones are illustrated and readings proposed. It is argued that the inscriptions are likely graffiti, carved while the stones were in situ as constructional elements of a building from the late Pictish or early Norse phases of the site.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Forsyth, Professor Katherine
Authors: Forsyth, K.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CN Inscriptions. Epigraphy.
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Celtic and Gaelic

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