Skip to comments.New excavations to find lost Pictish kingdom
Posted on 05/12/2013 5:57:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Until recently historians had believed that Fortriu -- one of the most powerful Kingdoms of the painted people -- had been based in Perthshire.
But recent research has now placed the Pictish stronghold much further north to the Moray Firth area.
And it was revealed today that a team of archaeologists from Aberdeen University are to embark on a series of excavations on the Tarbat peninsula in Ross-shire where archaeologists have already uncovered evidence of the only Pictish monastic settlement found in Scotland to date...
The team of archaeologists also plan to examine the Pictish cross slabs found at Shandwick, Hilton and Nigg in an attempt to understand the power structures that led to the formation of the early Pictish kingdoms.
Preliminary excavations of a hill fort at Easter Rarichie in Ross and Cromarty have already revealed a remarkable stone-walled structure that may be an important settlement dating to the Iron Age or Pictish period...
It was revealed two months ago that a recently discovered DNA marker suggests that 10 per cent of Scottish men are directly descended from the Picts. Known as Picti by the Romans Painted Ones in Latin - the empire of Pictish tribes constituted the largest kingdom in Dark Age Scotland. They repelled the conquests of both Romans and Angles before disappearing from history by the end of the first millennium.
The Picts took part in one of the most decisive battles in Scottish history -- the Battle of Dun Nechtain , also known as the Battle of Nechtansmere -- when the Picts defeated the Northumbrian forces of King Ecgfrith.
Historians have claimed that the Pictish triumph laid the foundations for a distinctive Scottish state, which endured until the Act of Union in 1707.
(Excerpt) Read more at scotsman.com ...
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Thread is worthless without Picts!
The Trvve Picture of a VVomen Picte. Theodor de Brys engraving of a Pict woman (a member of an ancient Celtic people from Scotland), published in Thomas Hariots 1588 book A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia. The woman stands with a long spear held upright in her left hand, and two long spears held horizontally in her right hand. She wears only a large ring around her waist, from which a curved sword hangs behind her, and a smaller ring around her neck. Much of her body appears to be painted or tattooed. In the background, two buildings stand on hillsides.
Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict
Anybody got a link?
ok that one wasnt the song.. try this
My people were from Dal Raita.
Interesting. I have seen that illustration before presented as a picture of an American Indian woman.
"Now new research from ScotlandsDNA, an ancestry testing company, has found a marker strongly suggesting for the first time that a large number of descendants of these northern tribes, known as Picti by the Romans meaning Painted Ones, are living in Scotland."
The majority racial origin is probably gael (Irish). Theres also going to be a lot of Anglo-Saxon too.
Different groups of R1b's arrived at different spots where previous R1b's had settled...different groups have different customs, basically and there was conflict.
Recently scientists have discovered that R1b's have more male children than female. That accounts for the high percentage (68%) of R1b's in Europe.
Do you know if they actually arrayed themselves like this? Or is it just a symbolic representation?
As far as I understand it, very little of substance is actually known about the Picts and their culture. They built in wood, which has rotted. They left behind very little writing and no histories. We have a few names (none of them female incidentally). Practically all we do know about the Picts was recorded by the Romans and the Gaels, who hated them. “Pict” itself is the Roman term for them. We don’t even know what they called themselves. There’s talk of woad and tattoos, of wicker shields and long spears and (curiously) crossbows, but really the evidence for all that is surprisingly scant. We do know that all references to Pictavia (Pictland) and the Picts stop very suddenly in the middle of the tenth century, probably as a result of culteral subversion and conquest by the Irish.
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