Skip to comments.A Newly Discovered Pictish Stone for Easter Ross
Posted on 10/29/2019 12:36:21 PM PDT by Beowulf9
Whilst on a walk close to Dingwall, I came across a site that struck me as being slightly mysterious, atmospheric and with an air of neglect about it. I was immediately fascinated, and started to try and find out more about it.
I established that it was an early religious site, privately owned, and asked the landowner if I could have permission to survey it. This granted, and because of the difficult access, I began to form a plan of just how to carry this out. A specific parking place for one car was established and the survey began.
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I wonder if they have looked up Hugh and Alexander McCaulay
SC you might find this interesting.
1796 is too late for this to be a “Pictish stone”. I’d say it is just a grave marker in a “Pictish” style.
Read the article. It’s over 1000 years old, but was reused as a grave marker in the 1790s.
Ah, that makes more sense.
Pretty nice! Looks like the old ways of the Caledonians persisted into the era of the Scot occupiers. :^)
Thanks CJ Wolf.
Cool, there is some interesting stuff going on in that. Is that a Minotaur?
I don’t know but gee, imagine those minds back then, immersed in the belief that animals like that roamed the earth, had some kind of powers, were to be revered. What a mindset.
Do you not just love that ‘braidwork’?
It is cool “knotting”. Celtic Knots have a symbolic meaning and are like hieroglyphs in their own right. The Knot hieroglyphs from then to now may have changed meanings, but it is an age old practice that goes back to the beginning of these cultures. :)
What I see in this is a possible clan coat of arms and maybe land ownership. The knots are all similar and possibly identify a particular clan family.
Knotting. Was wondering what that was called. This is all very interesting. I’d love to know what the meanings of this piece were.
So would I! I am into symbology from ancient works and try to chase them down for commonality or relations to other cultures around the world. But many old works like this are just best guess even for the “experts”. Unfortunately many of the meanings are just lost forever.
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