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Carvers and thinkers

Martin Carver

in Portmahomack

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624416
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670703 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624416.003.0005
Carvers and thinkers

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This chapter is all about Pictish sculpture, one of the unsung glories of early Europe. The Picts were expert fashioners of stone and masters of line in both incised and relief carving. They had their own distinctive symbolic written language, consisting of rods, discs, crescents and animal shapes. Here we explore the form of the original monuments found broken into pieces at Portmahomack, their ornament and where they originally stood.

Keywords: Picts; sculpture; symbols

Chapter.  7914 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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