Pictish symbol stone discovered in Aberdeen

A Pictish stone carved with mysterious symbols has been discovered in the River Don as river levels drop this summer.

‘Viking Age Destruction’ found to have preserved key parts of Scotland’s largest Pictish fort

When one of Scotland’s most powerful Pictish forts was destroyed by fire in the 10th century – a time when Vikings are known to have been raiding the Moray coastline – it brought to a rapid end a way of life which had endured for centuries.

The Drosten Stone, St Vigeans: A cultural hybrid

The inscriptions on the Drosten Stone have inspired extensive scholarship, but little study has been devoted to the possible meanings behind the Pictish art depicted on the stone.

Archaeologists unearth medieval treasures at Pictish fort

Scottish archaeologists exploring a Pictish fort have discovered surprising treasures, including an eleven-hundred year old coin.

He was murdered 1,400 years ago

Scottish researchers have reconstructed the face of a Pictish man they showed to have been brutally murdered 1,400 years ago.

Discovery of Lost Early Medieval Kingdom in Galloway

Archaeological research has just been published which reveals the location of a hitherto lost early medieval kingdom that was once pre-eminent in Scotland and Northern England.

The Picts and the Martyrs or Did Vikings Kill the Native Population of Orkney and Shetland?

I suspect that the Norse invaders of Orkney and Shetland didn’t just overwhelm’, or ‘submerge’ the native population: I think they killed them.

Picts offer historians a picture of non-Roman Briton culture

History has never been too kind to a group of early British Isle inhabitants referred to as the Picts, but the often mischaracterized, always mysterious people may serve as a historical laboratory to explore how the island’s culture might have developed without Roman intervention, according to a Penn State historian.

Europe and the beginning of Scottish sovereignty

Scotland’s story may have been distinctive, but its experience was not.

Britain and the beginning of Scotland

In this lecture Professor Dauvit Broun explores recent rethinking on Scottish origins by discussing the role of Britain as an ‘idea’, connections with England, the emergence of Scotland as a country in the 13th century, and the beginnings of the Scottish kingdom itself.

War or Peace? The Relations Between the Picts and the Norse in Orkney

This article will focus mainly on the earliest period of Norse settlement, before the Norse earldom was established.

Britain and the Beginning of Scotland

Until recently it was generally held that Scotland first began to take shape with a union of Picts and Scots under Cinaed mac Ailpín, who died in 858.

St. Ninian of Whithorn

My interest here is in finding usable information regarding the centuries before Bede and in the way in which new data, especially the outstanding recent archaeological discoveries at Whithom in Wigtownshire (which is certainly the site of Candida Casal. might support and add to his picture of St. Ninian and the importance of his church at Candida Casa.

The Enigma of the Picts

The Picts are the first chapter in Scottish history. Indeed, they are really more of a foreword or a preface: for it is only with their merger with the kingdom of Scotti of Dalriada (in Argyllshire) in 843 A.D. that we have a kingdom called ‘Scotland’ for the first time.

The Stamford and Peterborough mints

The Stamford mint has received considerable attention from several numismatists and historians, some of whom, including the Rev. Rogers Ruding, Francis Peck, the Stamford annalist, and Samuel Sharp, a Northamptonshire numismatist and antiquary, located the mint at Stamford Baron, Northamptonshire.

How late were Pictish symbols employed?

It is suggested that certain features enable particular relief-decorated stones displaying Pictish symbols to be dated within chronological horizons, and that this indicates that Pictish symbols continued to be employed in Scotland into the 10th century or beyond, survival perhaps lasting longer in the north.

Placenames and the settlement pattern of dark-age Scotland

This study will examine some placename evidence for features of settlement in E Scotland, that zone which lies of the Firth of Forth and E of the main Scottish mountain mass. In this areaat least four different languages have been spoken with differing temporal and spatial extents: one non-Indo-European tongue, Celtic, Norse and English.

The Pictish Tattoo: Origins of a Myth

By tracing the extant literary references based on Caesar’s remark it is possible to see just how the innocent observation came to apply to a totally different people—how the myth was born.

Philosopher-king: Nechtan mac Der Ilei

Like so much of the history of the early church in Scotland, it is bound up with modern political and religious factionalism. Was Naiton an English imperialist flunky? A Romanist stooge, allowing the authority of the Pope and St Peter into his realm?

Scandinavian Influences on the English Language

The Viking Age lasted roughly from the eighth century to the eleventh, with the Viking attacks on Europe beginning around 750 AD. The Scandinavians were excellent sailors, and they had impressive ships and navigational skills that carried them as far as North America (‘Vinland’) long before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

Christianity and burial in late Iron Age Scotland, AD 400-650

In the period after the fall of Rome and before the Vikings, Scotland became a Christian society, but there are few historical documents to help understand how this happened.

Archaeologists discover major Pictish site

An excavation has revealed a fortified early medieval settlement and unearthed significant artefacts which position a tiny Scottish village as a seat of major political power and influence.

Some thoughts on Pictish symbols as a formal writing system

Some thoughts on Pictish symbols as a formal writing system By Katherine Forsyth The Worm, the Germ and the Thorn: Pictish and Related Studies Presented to Isabel Henderson, edited by I. Henderson and D. Henry (Angus: Pinkfoot Press, 1995) Introduction: In recent years the cool breeze of Revisionism has been blowing through Pictish studies. Professional […]

Draconic Creatures in Pictish Art

Draconic Creatures in Pictish Art By Alastair McBeath Dragon Chronicle: The International Journal Of Dragons and Dragonlore, No.22 (2002) Introduction: When I examined the late Celtic dragons and draconic creatures from surviving traditions in TDC, looking for possible links with the salmon, I noted little evidence to support such a connection except in a very […]

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