We found a stone dish on the beach today

Today was the first day you could really feel the sun warming your face again, so it seems we are now through the deepest of winter. Chris and I took our boys to the beach below The Bu in Orphir today — the site of Earl Hakon Palsson’s round church and formerly also a Viking drinking hall, although little is visible of it now.

The Round Kirk, Orphir.

There has been a lot of coastal erosion below the Bu site, so in a way we were not surprised to find things there. Chris found a beautiful, tiny piece of pottery, showing some thin lines of decoration. One of our boys found a “necked stone” although it might be natural. And I, Raggie, found a beautiful stone dish, which had been pecked and also showed signs of burning on one side. I was quite pleased with it. It might be any age, from prehistoric to 19th century, as folk in Orkney were still using stone dishes not that long ago.

Stone dish found on the beach below The Bu in Orphir

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