Aberlemno, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.

Village in eastern Scotland, an important discovery area of Pictish carvings. As with other examples of plastic production of the Pictish, Allen in 1903 he has divided the pieces unearthed at Aberlemno in three classes and has ordered them numerically according to the site of origin; works discovered later however, were not numbered. The Pictish stones are monumental stele found in Scotland, mostly north of the Clyde-Forth line. These stones are the most obvious evidence remained regarding the Pictish and thinks he can be dated from the sixth to the ninth century. The purpose and meaning of the stones are poorly understood.

They can be served as memorials, bringing engraved symbols of the clan, lineage or kinship. Some like stone depict ancient ceremonies and rituals. A small number of Pictish stones were found in association with burials, but these probably are not placed in their original location. Maybe they may have bordered tribal lineages or territories. The symbols may be a kind of pictograph writing system and the oldest landmarks would suggest a unique Pictish constellations system.

Constellation, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.


There are about 35 different symbols on the stones. These include abstract symbols that have been assigned arbitrary descriptive names by researchers (like crescent and V-rod, double disc and stick to Z) or approximate schematic paintings of animals (such as viper, salmon, wolves, deer, eagles and the legendary Beast Pictish). There are also representations of everyday objects as a mirror and comb, which might have been used by female persons with a high social status. The symbols are almost always arranged in pairs or sets of couples, sometimes with mirror and comb below, so we can deduce that they could represent lineage or kinship (as two parents / clan). The symbols can rarely be found in jewelry, such as silver plates from the treasury of Norrie Law found in Fife in the early nineteenth century. However, very little of the Pictish metal artifacts is survivor compared to those of neighboring cultures. Symbols are sometimes found on other mobile objects such as stone and bone discs, especially in the Northern Islands. simple and ancient forms of the symbols are carved on the walls of coastal caves in East Wemyss, Fife and Covesea, Moray.

Aberlemno, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.




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Aberlemno, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.