Wheebin standing stone

The Wheebin Standing stone (or Stane O' Quoybune) is an ancient, tall standing stone located in the parish of Birsay, in the north west of the mainland of Orkney, Scotland. It was erected in the 2nd millennium BC. Historic Environment Scotland established the site as a scheduled monument in 1937.

Wheebin standing stone
Wheebin Standing Stone, Mainland, Orkney
Wheebin standing stone is located in Orkney Islands
Wheebin standing stone
Shown within Orkney Islands
LocationMainland, Orkney, Scotland
Coordinates59°07′01″N 3°18′22″W / 59.116875°N 3.306216°W / 59.116875; -3.306216
TypeStanding stone
Founded2nd millennium BC
PeriodsLate Neolithic to Early Iron Age
Site notes
OwnershipHistoric Scotland

Location edit

The stone is located in the parish of Birsay, 1.5 km (0.93 mi) southeast of the village of Birsay, on the mainland of Orkney in Scotland. The monolith stands in a field on private property next to the road and is 274 m (899 ft) from the western edge of the Loch of Boardhouse.[1]

Description edit

The stone is 3.5 m (11 ft) in height, approximately 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) wide and narrows gradually to the top, with an average thickness of 0.4 m (1 ft 4 in). The Wheebin stone slopes up slightly towards the north-northwest. It shows signs of severe weathering, with one deep crevice displayed from the middle of the stone to the top. The constant rubbing of domestic animals over the years have polished the surface of the lower half of the stone. [2] The stone had originally been brought from nearby higher ground and placed with its major axis north-northwest and south-southeast.[3]

The stone dates to the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age, around the 2nd millennium BC.[4] Similar standing stones such were typically put up in the later Neolithic period (around 2000 BC).[2] Historic Environment Scotland established the site as a scheduled monument in 1937.[2]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Stone 'O Quoybune - Standing Stone (Menhir) in Scotland in Orkney". The Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Wheebin Standing Stone". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Wheebin, South Breckbie". Canmore.org. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  4. ^ Gifford, John (1992). Highland and Islands (Buildings of Scotland). Penguin Books. p. 290. ISBN 978-0300096255.