Sunday, August 25, 2019

Pictish Symbol Stone Re-Used as Grave Marker

Interesting little discovery in Scotland:
Archaeologists have discovered a rare Pictish symbol stone that was reused as a headstone in the 18th century. It was found during a survey of an early Christian church site near Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands. It had been identified as a likely cross slab dating to the late 8th century. An inscription squeezed in on the top left of the front face reads: “Hugh McAulay Alexander McAulay January 2 1796.”
The stone is about a meter tall (3.3 feet), so likely about half remains missing.

I wonder if the people who reused it knew it was ancient? Scholars had published quite a bit about the symbols stones by then, so the McAulays might have intended to associate themselves with the old Picts.

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