The Romans were never in a position to exert their dominance over every one of Britain as a result of resistance that is fierce of tribes known as the Picts, meaning ‘Painted Ones’ in Latin. The Picts constituted the largest kingdom in Dark Age Scotland until they disappeared from history at the end of the very first millennium, their culture having been assimilated by the Gaels. But although not quite definitely is known about these folks who dominated Scotland for centuries, evidence suggests that that Pictish culture was rich, perhaps with its own written language in place as early as 1,700 years back, a new study found.
The Craw Stone at Rhynie, a granite slab with Pictish symbols that are thought to have already been carved when you look at the 5th century AD.
The ancient Roman Empire wanted to seize Scotland, known during Roman times as Caledonia for a very long time. The province was the site of several enticing resources, such as lead, silver, and gold. It had been also a matter of national pride for the Romans, who loathed being denied glory by some ‘savages’.
The romans never really conquered the whole of Scotland despite their best efforts. The farthest Roman frontier in Britain was marked by the Antonine Wall, which was erected in 140 AD involving the Firth of Forth plus the Firth of Clyde, and then be abandoned two decades later following constant raiding by Caledonia’s most ferocious clans, the Picts.
But regardless of the constant conflicts, it looks like the Picts also borrowed some components of Roman culture that they found useful, such as for example a written language system.
Researchers during the University of Aberdeen claim that mysterious carved stones, a number of the few relics put aside by the Picts, could possibly represent a yet to be deciphered system of symbols. Teaming up with experts through the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), the researchers performed new datings regarding the sites that are archaeological Pictish symbols was in fact based in the past. (more…)