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Pictish stone--ancient language mystery deepens

Pictish stone, Abernethy

The Craw Stane, a 'Class I Pictish Symbol Stone', located to the south of the village of Rhynie in Aberdeenshire. This stone has a salmon and Kelpie (water elephant/Pictish beast) carved on it, however these are difficult to make out in this photo due to lichen growth.

Pictish woman warriors. The Picts were a group of early Mediaeval Celtic people, who would adorn themselves from head to toe in tattoos of ancient Pictish symbols.

The Inchbraoch Stone, a Pictish picture stone - Scotland

Pictish stone

Pictish stone in the grounds of Elgin Cathedral, Scotland

Pictish stone animals.

Pictish Symbols

Pictish Stone, Scotland

Pictish Stone at Eassie

Pictish boat: St Orland's Stone

A Chinese scholar and government official named Wang Yirong is credited with realizing that some of these bones were inscribed with ancient writing and thus had historical significance. Today, they are called “oracle bones” and they constitute the best window available into the history, language and culture of ancient China. Because they involve specific dates, they are also an indispensible means of exploring the ancient Chinese calendar and its astronomical underpinnings

Pictish stone with engraved symbols - According to recent discoveries, these pictures and symbols may actually be a written language: http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-scotland-written-language.htm

Pictish woman

Unknown language found stamped in ancient clay tablet In deciphering the tablet seen above, John MacGinnis of the University of Cambridge found that many of the names on the list are not from any currently known ancient language.

Pictish carvings

pictish script | bensozia: Pictish Script?

A reconstruction of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Stone which now sits pride of place in the wild outdoors.

Aberlemno Pictish stone

Close up of the Rosetta Stone, at the British Museum in London, England. The Rosetta Stone is inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt, in 196 BC on by King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts (with some minor differences), it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.