Picts developed a form of written language after contact with the more advanced Roman Empire

Mail Online | 11/9/2018 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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Picts that lived in the ancient Scottish highlands developed their first written language thanks to the Romans, according to new research.

Symbols inscribed in ancient rocks prove that the early highlanders started carving as a primitive form of written language after contact with the Romans.

Pictish - Stone - Aberdeen - Seas - Year

A Pictish stone was dragged up from the Aberdeen seas earlier this year by fishermen with geometric markings, believed to be one of the earliest examples of this emerging language.

Romans and Picts occupied the British Isles at the same period of time and the first mention of the tribes comes from the year 297 AD.

Evidence - Picts

However, there is no surviving written evidence from the picts themselves.

All that remains now is a series of 200 stone slabs adorned with a variety of symbols depicting eagles, bulls and fish did survive.

Thirty - Symbols - Pairs

Thirty different symbols appear regularly and are almost always found in pairs.

According to research from the University of Aberdeen published in the journal Antiquity, this is a naming system created by the picts.

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