Pictish beast intrigues archaeologists Highlands


A stone with Pictish symbols inherent in the construction of the Highland Agricultural wall was discovered recently by archaeologists. On the stone are clearly visible image of the beast, crescent, comb and mirror. Archaeologist Kate Makkallag (Cait McCullagh) said she was surprised that the stone remained a mystery for a long time and was opened and officially registered only this year. She also noted that, perhaps, in this place, where he found a stone with the image of the beast, there are plenty of other stones with Pictish symbols, which are still to be discovered.

Miss Makkallag, founder and director of the Society of Archaeology in the Highlands (Arch), said that the stones with symbols that probably date back to the 5-7 century AD.

Given the absence of signs of destruction from the effects of precipitation on the image Pictish, the beast can be assumed that the stone was stored somewhere a long period before being installed in the wall of the barn.

Hendnrson Isabelle (Isobel Henderson), an expert in early medieval sculptures, accidentally ran into a stone with the image of the Pictish beast a little earlier this year and reported to the Highland Council archaeologists. Miss Makkallag also been notified of the discovery and, having examined it, she confirmed that the drawings are traces of creativity Picts.

She also managed to identify the Pictish symbols carved in stone, located in the wall of the neighboring country house, depicting how archaeologists suggest, goose feathers, or fish scales. Both stones were in the buildings of private estates of the 19th century, belonging to the same family.

Miss Makkallag reported that these relics have never been mentioned in the projects of local heritage, who urged people to report sites that are of interest to archaeologists and historians.

Miss Makkallag noted the following about the opening: "I wonder why these stones so long remained without our attention. Indeed, when you think in those areas could be many more such unknown gems. We always encourage people to look for traces of the Picts on the stones in the churchyard and on the dams. "

The Picts are known to have lived in the northern and eastern Scotland in the 3-9 centuries BC. Preserved some recordings made by people. According to information from the Highland Council found inscriptions indicate that the language of the Picts was closely associated with Wales and Gaelic languages.

Original: BBC Translation: M. Potter

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