An internationally-important Viking stone drawing found on the island of Inchmarnock off Bute’s west coast has gone on display at a major exhibition in Denmark.
The Hostage Stone was taken to the Viking Ship Museum in the city of Roskilde by Bute Museum curator Anne Speirs - who had a chance to explain the stone’s significance to Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, during her visit.
The stone will form part of an exhibition called ‘The World in the Viking Age’, which opened last month and will continue until the end of this year.
“The people in Roskilde were desperate to have the stone on loan for their exhibition,” Anne told The Buteman this week.
“The exhibition is all about trade, exploration and people going on long voyages, which is why the Hostage Stone is so significant - and as soon as we got there it became obvious that everyone wanted to see it.”
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