Notes on the Discovery of a Coped Monument and an Incised Cross-slab at the Graveyard, St Boniface Church, Papa Westray, Orkney

William Kirkness (Author)


Keyword(s):
Grave, Tiles
Period(s):
Prehistoric

Abstract


The coped stone has sloping sides covered with three rows of well-defined tiles, or shield-shaped scale-like ornamentation. Along the ridge, which is flat, there is a deeply-cut channel. The stone, which is of red freestone much covered with lichen,\r\nlies due east and west, the broader end to the west. The cross-slab was found while a grave was being dug. Incised on the face is a geometrical four armed cross within a circle, the diameter of which is 10 inches. This cross is surmounted by a small equal-armed cross, the top arm being imperfect. It has a single step at the foot, and to this extent it resembles a Calvary cross. Each end of the side arms terminates in a crescent, a very unusual occurrence.

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Published
30-11-1921
How to Cite
Kirkness, W. (1921). Notes on the Discovery of a Coped Monument and an Incised Cross-slab at the Graveyard, St Boniface Church, Papa Westray, Orkney. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 55, 131-134. Retrieved from http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/7509
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