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Symbols and Statements

Picts: Symbols and Statements is Part 2 of our trilogy on the Pictish people of Scotland.


This film begins where Symbols and Signs ends and traces attempts to explain the meaning of the Pictish symbols through the translation of Ogham and Latin inscriptions on a small number ofthe symbol stones. The film focuses on a number of key Pictish stones including those at St Vigeans, Auchenblae and Aberlemno. The film asks whether a Pictish ‘Rosetta Stone’ has been discovered which reveals the meaning of the symbols.


Our thanks go to 

The Master and Fellows of Corpus Cristi College, Cambridge, for permission to use MS 197M from the Northumbrian Gospel Book

Trinity College Dublin for permission to use images from the Book of Durrow and the Book of Kells.

Martin McCarthy kindly allowed us to use his image of the Scoonie Stone.  http://www.theasis.co.uk/

MusicRoad_Trip_Through_Installation_04  by Matthew Huffaker, TEKNOAXE     http://www.teknoaxe.com 


Sources used in Symbols and Statements PICTS - Part 2

J Romilly Allen and Jospeh Anderson:The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland SoAS 1903

W.A.Cummins. Decoding the Pictish Symbols. History Press, 2009

Katherine Forsyth: The Ogham Inscriptions of Scotland An Edited Corpus. Harvard University PhD 1996

Iain Fraser. The Pictish Symbol Stones of Scotland. RCAHMS 2008

James Fraser: From Caledonia to Pictland:Scotland to 795. Edinburgh University Press 2009.

George Henderson From Durrow to Kells . Thames& Hudson 1987

George and Isobel Henderson:The Art of the Picts. Thames & Hudson 2004

Alastair Mack. Field Guide to the Pictish Symbol Stones. Pinkfoot Press 1997

Anthony Jackson. The Symbol Stones of Scotland. Orkney Press 1984

Rob Lee: The Use of Information Theory to determine the language charcter type of Pictish  Symbols. Scottish Archaeological Journal.32.2 2010

Ross Sampson. The Reinterpretation of the Pictish Symbol.s Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 145 1992

Charles Thomas.The Interpretation of the Pictish Symbols. The Archaeological Journal CXX 1963

Alex Woolf.From Pictland to Alba 789-1070. Edinburgh University Press 2007

http://babelstone.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/ogham-stones-of-scotland.html