Skip to comments.New Written Language of Ancient Scotland Discovered
Posted on 04/06/2010 4:24:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
photo: Rob Knell and Rob Lee
The ancestors of modern Scottish people left behind mysterious, carved stones that new research has just determined contain the written language of the Picts, an Iron Age society that existed in Scotland from 300 to 843. The highly stylized rock engravings, found on what are known as the Pictish Stones, had once been thought to be rock art or tied to heraldry. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, instead concludes that the engravings represent the long lost language of the Picts, a confederation of Celtic tribes that lived in modern-day eastern and northern Scotland... Rob Lee... a professor in the School of Biosciences at the University of Exeter... and colleagues Philip Jonathan and Pauline Ziman analyzed the engravings, found on the few hundred known Pictish Stones. The researchers used a mathematical process known as Shannon entropy to study the order, direction, randomness and other characteristics of each engraving. The resulting data was compared with that for numerous written languages, such as Egyptian hieroglyphs, Chinese texts and written Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, Ancient Irish, Old Irish and Old Welsh. While the Pictish Stone engravings did not match any of these, they displayed characteristics of writing based on a spoken language. Lee explained that writing comes in two basic forms: lexigraphic writing that is based on speech and semasiography, which is not based on speech.
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About five years ago we had a lively discussion on FR about Pictish writing.
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The riders do not appear to have stirrups. Not introduced to Europe until about the 8th Century.
Hey, Joe. Give me a call when you get ready to open that.
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I ain’t gonna argue with the guys,but why can’t they just be like a frieze depicting a hunting or battle scene that can be viewed and understood by everyone regardless of nationality.
Those drawing on the caves in France showing the guys hunting and doing various things, was not a secret language,they could not write but they could draw...
I doubt it.
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Will read and comment later..
And now for something completly different....
Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict....
From the Ummaguumma album by Pink Floyd....
The track consists of several minutes of noises resembling rodents and birds simulated by Waters’ voice and other techniques, such as tapping the microphone played at different speeds, followed by Waters providing a few stanzas of quasi-lyrics in an exaggerated Scottish burr.
The Picts were the indigenous people of what is now Scotland who merged with the Scots.
You can Pict your frieze but you can’t Pict its prose.
Great book, great writer.
That’s what I like Joe.
You can always be counted on for a “Pict-O-Gram.”
Several species of small furry animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a ....
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