Stone Me! a Rare Viking Artefact
Byline: KIRSTI ADAIR
A VIKING stone carving dated around the 10th century has been discovered in a garden by a man building a rockery.
Experts say the Anglo Norse stone, thought to have come from a grave, is so rare there are only three others like it in the UK.
These are housed in the crypt at York Minster.
Peter Crawford, 56, made the find while working in his garden at the Old Vicarage,Bidston.
He said: ``I saw the carving when I went to collect some stones to build the rockery. I didn't use it because I knew it was an important find. I brought it into my house and started to do some research.
``I looked around for people who could help tell me what it is. It is an extremely exciting find and an important one for Wirral's heritage ``I am delighted. Now we need to find somewhere to put it on display, at the moment it is in a pram in my front hall.''
Mr Crawford got in touch with Wirral landscape archaeologist Jenny Whalley who, with leading archaeologist Professor Richard Bailey of Newcastle University, officially identified the stone.
The memorial carving is around 18 inches long and three inches thick. …