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The Buckquoy spindle-whorl is a spindle-whorl [1] dating from the Early Middle Ages, probably the 8th century, excavated in 1970 in Buckquoy, Birsay, Orkney, Scotland. Made of sandy limestone, it is about 36 mm in diameter and 10 mm thick. It has achieved fame because of its ogham inscription.

The inscription was once used as proof that the Pictish language was not Indo-European. However, in 1995 historian Katherine Forsyth [2] proposed that the inscription was a standard Old Irish ogham benedictory message.


More information on the Wikipedia page [3]

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