Rare medieval script discovered in stone carved by Scotland’s ‘Painted People’

Archaeologists and volunteers have discovered a stone bearing a mysterious inscription and carved birds that the Picts of Scotland crafted more than a millennium ago. The cross slab, found in a small cemetery last month, dates to between 500 and 700 AD. and sheds new light on the historical interplay between heritage and faith in the north of the UK

The Pictures, or “Painted Men”, so named by Roman historians because of their supposed war paint and tattoos (“picti”, is the Latin word for “painting”). They lived in northern and eastern Scotland during the early medieval period. Probably descended from Celtic tribes, the Picts are famous for their successful resistance to Roman conquest. While the Romans painted the Picts as barbaric and backward, they were largely subsistence farmers, growing grain and herding domesticated animals.

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