The date of unique symbolic carvings, from various contexts across north and east Scotland, has been debated for over a century. Excavations at key sites and direct dating of engraved bone artefacts have allowed for a more precise chronology, extending from the third/fourth centuries AD, broadly contemporaneous with other non-vernacular scripts developed beyond the frontiers of the Roman Empire, to the ninth century AD. These symbols were probably an elaborate, non-alphabetic writing system, a Pictish response to broader European changes in power and identity during the transition from the Roman Empire to the early medieval period.
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National Museums Scotland
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Glenmorangie Research Project: Silver in Early Medieval Scotland
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Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) Conference at the Royal Society of Edinburgh
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Cambridge University Press
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Related Event Date/s: Saturday 30th May 2015