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US NewsRare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'

07:50  24 august  2019
07:50  24 august  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Rare Pictish stone carved 1 , 200 years ago discovered A Pictish stone described as a 'once-in-a-lifetime find' has been uncovered in the Scottish Highlands . It is believed the stone , discovered at an early Christian church site in Dingwall, originally stood at more than 7.8 feet (2.4 metres) high.

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Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance' © Daily Mail The stone, thought to have been carved around 12,000 years ago, is decorated with a number of Pictish symbols and is said by experts to be of national importance

A Pictish stone described as a 'once-in-a-lifetime find' has been uncovered in the Scottish Highlands.

The stone, thought to have been carved around 12,000 years ago, is decorated with a number of Pictish symbols and is said by experts to be of national importance.

It is believed the stone, discovered at an early Christian church site in Dingwall, originally stood at more than 7.8 feet (2.4 metres) high.

Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A Pictish stone described as a 'once-in-a-lifetime find' has been uncovered in the Scottish Highlands

It now measures around 4.9 feet (1.5 metres), having been broken over the years and been reused as a grave marker in the 1790s.

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The stone , thought to have been carved around 1200 years ago , was discovered at an early Christian church site in Dingwall. It is decorated with Pictish symbols and is said by experts to be of national importance . Designs include several mythical beasts, oxen, an animal-headed warrior

WHAT WERE PICTISH STONES?

The Picts are known chiefly for their elaborately but regularly decorated memorial stones found in profusion throughout eastern Scotland from Shetland to the Firth of Forth.

The symbol stones are decorated in a structured way with a series of animal and object symbols current in late Roman Iron Age times - including mirrors, combs, cauldrons, geese and hounds.

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Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'
Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance'

They were erected from perhaps as early as the fifth century AD but were chiefly in use in the sixth and seventh centuries.

In the seventh or eighth centuries, simple cross-incised stones which were most likely grave-markers, indicate the arrival of Christianity in Aberdeenshire

Anne MacInnes, from the North of Scotland Archaeological Society, was the first to recognise the stone while carrying out a survey at the church site.

Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It now measures around 4.9 feet (1.5 metres), having been broken over the years and been reused as a grave marker in the 1790s.

She said: 'I was clearing vegetation when I spotted the carving. I really couldn't believe what I was seeing.'

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An 8th century carving of a Pictish dragon (also called a Pictish beast) has been discovered on an The BBC reports that the stone is a rare find. The carving was created by a Pictish artist. Discussing the discovery, The Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands wrote

The find was verified by archaeologists from Highland Council and Historic Environment Scotland, before being safely removed from the site by specialist conservators.

The stone will now be professionally conserved with a view to ultimately putting it on public display at a Highland museum or other suitable venue.

Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The find was verified by archaeologists from Highland Council and Historic Environment Scotland, before being safely removed from the site by specialist conservators

Kirsty Cameron, an archaeologist at Highland Council, said: 'This is a once-in-a-lifetime find and what started as a small recording project has resulted in the identification of not only this important stone, but also that the site itself must be much older than anyone ever expected.

'All credit goes to the local archaeologists for immediately recognising the importance of the stone and putting plans in place for securing its future.'

Designs on the stone include several mythical beasts, oxen, an animal-headed warrior with sword and shield, and a double disc and z rod symbol.

Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The stone will now be professionally conserved with a view to ultimately putting it on public display at a Highland museum or other suitable venue

Details of the carvings on the reverse side of the stone are not yet known but experts suggest that, based on examples from similar stones, they are likely to include a large ornate Christian cross.

It would make the stone one of an estimated 50 complete or near complete Pictish cross-slabs known across the world, and the first to be discovered on the Scottish mainland for many years.

John Borland, president of the Pictish Arts Society, said: 'The discovery of the top half of a large cross slab with Pictish symbols is of national importance.

Rare Pictish stone carved 1,200 years ago discovered at an early Christian church in the Scottish Highlands is 'of national importance' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It is believed the stone, discovered at an early Christian church site in Dingwall, originally stood at more than 7.8 feet (2.4 metres) high

'The find spot - an early Christian site in Easter Ross - is a new location for such sculpture so adds significant information to our knowledge of the Pictish church and its distribution.

'This new discovery will continue to stimulate debate and new research.'

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