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Pictish Carved Stone Discovered in Orkney Cliff

Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark, an archaeologist based in Orkney, was examining an area of the East Mainland coast that had been particularly hit during a south westerly gale and discovered something amazing - a stone that had been unearthed by the sea, projecting precariously out of the soft, cliff face. This stone, on closer examination, was different to the other rocks at the site - it had obviously been worked and designs were visible and clearly ancient.
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Pictish beast intrigues Highland archaeologists

A Pictish symbol stone built into the wall of a Highland farm building has been recorded by archaeologists.
The markings show a beast, crescent, comb and mirror.
Archaeologist Cait McCullagh said it was a mystery how it had taken until this year for the stone to be officially recorded.
She said it also suggested that more Pictish stones have still to be documented on the Black Isle where the beast was recorded.

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Archaeologists are trying to establish whether a standing stone in Angus has stood in the same spot for more than a millennium.
The study of St Orlands carved Pictish stone, near Glamis, is being conducted by Historic Scotland.
The heritage agency hopes to be able to preserve the stone, which has been damaged by weathering.
The stone is thought to date back 1,100 years and features both Christian and Pagan symbols, signifying a time when kings of the former Pictish heartland encouraged their subjects to convert to Christianity.

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A Pictish stone found in Cunningsburgh has been described as the most important archaeological discovery in Shetland for 10 years.
It was found in Mail cemetery by gravedigger Malcolm Smith, his second such find in 16 years.

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High-tech laser technology has been used to record and conserve one of the finest collections of Pictish carved stones in Scotland.
The St Vigeans Stones from Arbroath are being cleaned by a specialist team of Historic Scotland experts in Edinburgh.
Earlier efforts at conservation, dating back to the 1960s, carried out using the best techniques of the time have now reached the end of their life.
The project removes the earlier repairs and uses more modern treatments.
The project is part of works to upgrade St Vigeans Museum of Pictish Carved Stones in Arbroath.
It is hoped the stones will be returned by the end of this year with the new-look museum reopening in time for Easter 2009.

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A Carved Pictish stone uncovered in a field near Forfar could become a permanent resident of the town's museum.
Members of Angus Council's leisure committee agreed last night to ask Dundee Museum to extend its loan of the Dunnichen stone to the Meffan Institute for another five years.
Councillors also accepted an official's recommendation to seek a permanent transfer of the 7th-century stone to the Meffan before the extended loan period is up.
Sidlaw West councillor Frank Ellis urged council officers to secure the stone's future in Angus as soon as possible.

"It is returning this item to its natural home. The stone originated in Angus and should be in Angus. It's not an unreasonable request and I cannot think of any issue which would keep it out of Angus" - councillor Frank Ellis.

The stone, which is inscribed with symbols, has been described as an excellent example of Scotland's Pictish heritage.
It was found in a ploughed field in Forfar in 1805.
It was put on display near Dunnichen Church but was moved around Angus several times before it was sent to Dundee in 1972.
The stone has been on loan from Dundee Museum since 1996, when negotiations with Dundee City Council secured its presence in Forfar's Meffan Institute museum.
It is valued at around 10,000 by insurers.

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