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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.

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

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Romancing the stones: Pictish carvings, from tattoos to t-shirts

Pictish carvings

Pictish stones with 35 symbols, Replica of the Class II Hilton of Cadboll Stone at the original location - The Eassie Stone depicts ancient ceremonies and rituals.

Examples of Pictish symbols found in Scotland (Image: Patrick Dieudonne/Robert Harding/Rex Features)

The Newton Stone, an ancient pillar stone, found in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The stone contains two inscriptions, one identified as Ogham, but the second script has never been positively identified.

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