Geo:Stones of Scotland

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The Stones of Scotland have been found to register significant marks made by earlier societies.

Notable patterns include Bronze Age cup and ring mark petroglyphs and later elaborately decorated Pictish stones which deploy several recurring motifs, such as those characterised nowadays as "Mirror and comb" and "Double disc and Z-rod". Their meaning remain unknown, as does the Pictish language script.

Map showing distribution of locations of cup-and-ring marked stones (blue) and Pictish stones (orange) within Scotland. The artefacts at each location can be explored dynamically using this Wikidata query, which also links to external Historic Environment Scotland resources.

Examples

Cup and ring mark stone at Tealing Earth House
Pictish stone from Dunnichen