Pictish Stones

History

A large number of Pictish symbol stones have been discovered around Scotland. It is believed that the oldest of these (Class 1 Pictish Stone) dates back to the 5th or 6th century AD.

Five of these stones were discovered in the village of Rhynie, Aberdeenshire. One of these stones still stands today and can be found close to its original position, near what is believed to be the remains of a Pictish fort and power centre. The stones are of different shapes and sizes but all contain original and unique carvings of mysterious Pictish symbols such as; the Pictish beast; a fish, Pictish double disc and Z-rod, pictish mirror design, Pictish Torques and celtic crosses. The precise meaning of the symbols are still debated to this day.

From examinations of the stones it is believed that the carvings were previously painted a deep red colour.  With this in mind, we have developed a process to apply this colour to the carvings. This not only emphasise the carvings on scaled down versions, but also allows us to show the stone and carvings as was originally intended and as they would have been viewed by our ancestors.

They get their known name “pictish stones” from the tribal confederation of people known as the Picts, who lived alongside the Gaels, Britons and Angles during the late iron age and early medieval periods. The Picts are believed to have occupied Pictavia or Pictland, which is today’s northern and eastern Scotland.

Our Project

In association with Aberdeen University, the Northern Picts Project, the Rhynie comunity and the Tarbat discovery centre, Revolv3d have undertaken a project to capture and accurately recreate a variety of Pictish artefacts from around Scotland, including all of the remaining Pictish stones.

Our Products

In addition to the five from Rhynie, we now have a range of accurate, laser scanned Pictish stones, available to purchase in a variety of sizes, ranging from small to extra large.

Furthermore, as a result of this work, Revolv3D offer a unique service to the field of archaeology, allowing the capture, enhancement and recreation of similar artefacts.