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    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 animals.

    Pictish stone

    Pictish Symbols

    Pictish stone in the grounds of Elgin Cathedral, Scotland

    Pictish Stone, Scotland

    Pictish Stone at Eassie

    Pictish boat: St Orland's Stone

    Pictish carvings

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

    pictish script | bensozia: Pictish Script?

    Pictish stone with engraved symbols - According to recent discoveries, these pictures and symbols may actually be a written language:

    St. Madoes Pictish Stone by wwshack, via Flickr

    Aberlemno Pictish stone

    A 'Class II Pictish Symbol Stone', located in Meigle Museum, Meigle, Perthshire

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

    Pictish stones with 35 symbols, Replica of the Class II Hilton of Cadboll Stone at the original location; (original are in the Museum of Scotland). New study concludes engravings represent the long lost language of the Picts, a confederation of Celtic tribes (eastern and northern Scotland). The stones may have served as personal memorials, with symbols for clans, lineages or kindred; markers of tribal & lineage territory; burials. The Eassie Stone depicts ancient ceremonies and rituals.