Pictish Symbols at Aberlemno

Abstract Pictish Symbols at Aberlemno

This morning my Castles Tour ended when I dropped off the guests at Aberdeen Airport. I then proceeded to drive south (home) stopping en-route to visit and photograph the  7-9th  centuries AD (Pictish era) carved stones at Aberlemno in Angus, east of Scotland.

The Picts ( Picti or painted people) were the indigenous inhabitants of Scotland occupying the territory lying north of Forth-Clyde estuaries. These people apparently did not have a written language notwithstanding which they have left a huge cultural legacy in the form of expertly carved stone monuments which reflect verY favourably on their artistic skills. The carved stones feature a mix of battle scenes, religious scenes ( particularly King David and Daniel) and unique abstract symbols which we are unable to interpret today. These carvings may have been the medium for a combination of propaganda and religious messages to a largely illiterate society. Read more on Aberlemno Sculptured Stones, Scotland…