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Cat Stane

An Iron-Age standing stone, the Cat Stane overlooks the River Almond from within the precincts of Edinburgh Airport, a half-mile (1 km) west of Turnhouse and 1½ miles (2.5 km) east of Kirkliston. Dating from c.500 AD, excavations in the 19th century showed the stone lies over a short-cist, at the centre of a cemetery containing fifty early Christian burials in long cists, which are now lost.

The Latin inscription on the stone states:

IN OC TV
MVLO IACIT
VETTA F
VICTI

which is variously translated as "In this mound (tomb) lies Vetta son (or daughter) of Victus."


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