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Pictish beast intrigues Highland archaeologists
BBC ^ | September 14, 2011 | Steven McKenzie

Posted on 09/14/2011 11:42:04 AM PDT by decimon

A Pictish symbol stone built into the wall of a Highland farm building has been recorded by archaeologists.

The markings show a beast, crescent, comb and mirror.

Archaeologist Cait McCullagh said it was a mystery how it had taken until this year for the stone to be officially recorded.

She said it also suggested that more Pictish stones have still to be documented on the Black Isle where the beast was recorded.

Ms McCullagh, the co-founder and director of Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (Arch), said the symbol stones probably dated from the 5th to 7th centuries AD.

She said it was unusual to find such carvings on the north side of the Moray Firth.

A lack of weathering on the Pictish beast may suggest the stone had been kept inside, or had been buried, for a long period before it was placed in the wall of the byre.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: caledonia; godsgravesglyphs; pictish; picts; scotland; scotlandyet

1 posted on 09/14/2011 11:42:06 AM PDT by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Pictish specs on ping.


2 posted on 09/14/2011 11:43:02 AM PDT by decimon
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3 posted on 09/14/2011 11:45:49 AM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: decimon

A crescent?

Interesting that Muhammad showed up in the 7th Century. But then again - the lunar cycle has always fascinated.


4 posted on 09/14/2011 11:49:30 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: decimon

That is an anteater eating popcorn.


5 posted on 09/14/2011 12:21:04 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: decimon

Hmmm - the beast, comb and mirror appear in illustrations of the Book of Revelation. See the images of the Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers, France.


6 posted on 09/14/2011 12:27:25 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel
Hmmm - the beast, comb and mirror appear in illustrations of the Book of Revelation. See the images of the Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers, France.

Maybe this was the time period of Christianity taking hold in Scotland?

7 posted on 09/14/2011 12:37:16 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I think that’s a good guess. Celtic Christianity spread during the Early Middle Ages and the 7th Century was in the middle of that time frame.


8 posted on 09/14/2011 12:59:59 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: decimon

Drawn by bigfoot.


9 posted on 09/14/2011 1:17:50 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: decimon

Very similar to the Scythian style of art.


10 posted on 09/14/2011 1:45:20 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: sodpoodle
Interesting that Muhammad showed up in the 7th Century.

Have been told that the crescent was originally a Jewish symbol. There is some evidence on the web also.

The Islamic Crescent was originally a Jewish Symbol

Difficult to imagine Jews traveling up into the Highland areas of Scotland, but there are some theories.

11 posted on 09/15/2011 1:15:22 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: decimon; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks decimon.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


12 posted on 09/15/2011 3:22:48 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Palter

The beast reminds me of a boar. If I remember correctly, the boar was an early symbol of the High King of what became Scotland.


13 posted on 09/15/2011 3:47:47 AM PDT by jimtorr
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To: decimon

Grendel


14 posted on 09/15/2011 5:38:17 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: decimon

2 elephants making love to a girls glee club.... (woody allen)


15 posted on 09/15/2011 6:46:20 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: SunkenCiv

Rebus?


16 posted on 09/15/2011 9:48:57 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Gotta be older than Rebus, probably Patsy Cline.


17 posted on 09/15/2011 6:29:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sheesh, you guys.

Anyone can see that that beast is the famous Pigdog of myth and legend.

The beast that is man’s best friend AND makes bacon. What’s not to love?


18 posted on 09/15/2011 10:12:14 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: sodpoodle

“A crescent?”

Looks like a wee winged beastie, to me. Take my word for it, I’m an expert. Some of my ancestors are from that area! ;)

Whatever it is, it’s pretty neat!

OS


19 posted on 09/17/2011 6:24:15 AM PDT by Old Student (Do NOT make me get out the torches and pitchforks...)
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To: decimon

Cthulhu


20 posted on 09/17/2011 6:27:53 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Grimmy

Wait a sec... don’t pretty much *all* beasts make bacon?


21 posted on 09/18/2011 5:37:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: decimon

22 posted on 10/02/2011 4:33:04 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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