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Archaeologist to talk on Pictish finds

A UNIVERSITY of Aberdeen archaeologist is to share news of the fascinating Pictish finds from an excavation at Rhynie with the local community.

Dr Gordon Noble, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, will give a public talk at Rhynie School on Thursday, November 22 at 7.30pm where he will explain just how significant the region was during the time of the Picts.

Dr Noble has been part of a team working in the area around the famous Craw Stane for around two years. Their findings have revealed that Rynie was a key seat of Pictish power and may even have been a royal settlement in the 5th and 6th centuries AD.

He said: “Rhynie has always been noted as somewhere special because of the many Pictish standing stones that come from the village. One in particular, the Craw Stane, is particularly significant as it still stands in its original position.

“We excavated around the Craw Stane and found that it stands at the entrance to a Pictish stronghold with a number of timber buildings inside the fort. The items we uncovered in our excavations revealed that it was a very high status settlement and included finds unique to Pictland. We have found pottery imported from the Mediterranean in the 6th century AD. This is highly unusual and it is the first time such items have been discovered in the whole of eastern Britain and the northernmost finds in the world.

“We also uncovered imported fragments of glass from France that were the remains of drinking vessels, along with decorative clothing pins including a unusual axe shaped pin similar to that carried by the Rhynie Man another famous Pictish stone found at the site during the 1970s.”

Some of the artefacts uncovered during the digs will be on display during the talk. Dr Noble’s talk takes place at 7.30pm in Rynie School on November 22. Entry is free and booking is not required.

 

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