15. early christian stones,
dumfries museum.

The Museum is on Church Street, 5 minutes walk across the river from the town centre. Open Easter - 30 Sept, Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm; Sun, 2 - 5pm. 1 Oct - Easter, Tue - Sat, 10am - 1pm & 2 - 5pm. Admission free. Tel. 01387 253374.

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A fine collection of Dark Age carved stones from Dumfriesshire and the Stewartry. Of particular interest are the stones from the excavated Early Christian site of Ardwall Isle near Kirkcudbright. These include an 8th century grave marker inscribed with the personal name Cuthgar and a slab carved with a simple but striking cartoon of two bishops.

The collection includes a number of carved fragments from the Northumbrian monastery at Hoddom. This was a major religious centre during the 8th and 9th centuries but nothing is now visible on site.

Also on display is a small 8th century bronze plate decorated with an inter-laced animal design. Found at Rerrick, near Dundrennan in the Stewartry district, this rare example of Dark Age metalwork may have been part of a saint's portable shrine.