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From Foshigarry, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

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This bone disc was found at Foshigarry on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The bone is from a whale, dolphin or similar mammal. It may have been used as a pot lid sometime between 600 and 800.

The disc is imperfect. It has been incised with an inscription that resembles ogham.

Ogham was a form of writing used by native peoples in Britain and Ireland. Some people carved their names on their property, but most people were illiterate. Writing was often seen as a kind of magic spell.

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Online ID: 000-100-038-534-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GNA 11
Date: Between 600 and 800
Material: Bone, cetacean; perforated; imperfect; lacking part
Dimensions: 3.94" D
Who: Beveridge Collection
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, North Uist, Foshigarry
Description: Perforated disc of cetacean bone with pseudo-ogham, from Foshigarry, North Uist
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