Mysterious message found carved by ancient ‘lost people of Scotland’ – can YOU decode it?

EXPERTS have discovered a rare stone in Scotland engraved with confusing symbols.

The marks are believed to have been left by indigenous people who lived there around 1,500 years ago.

Scientists couldn't believe what they found


Scientists couldn’t believe what they foundPhoto credit: University of Aberdeen

Three oval shapes, a comb and a mirror, a crescent moon and double discs can be recognized on the 1.7 meter long find.

But archaeologists are scratching their heads over what the symbols actually mean.

Professor Gordon Noble, principal investigator from the University of Aberdeen, narrated live science that the “best guess is that they represent a naming system Pictic names”.

The Picts were a group of people who roamed what is now northern and eastern Scotland in ancient and medieval times.

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Experts were moved to tears after the stone was found in Aberlemno, as only 200 have been excavated so far.

And it was unexpectedly stumbled upon, since at that point the team was only examining a pawn’s square.

“We figured we’d just uncover a little bit more before heading out for the day,” said researcher Dr. James O’Driscoll.

“We suddenly saw a symbol. There was a lot of screaming.

“Then we found more symbols and there was more screaming and a little bit of crying.”

What is particularly strange is that the symbols appear to overlap, suggesting that they were carved at different times.

“Only about 200 of these monuments are known,” added Professor Noble.

“They are occasionally dug up by farmers when plowing fields or building roads, but by the time we can analyze them, much of their environment is already disturbed.

“To find something like this when digging a small test pit is absolutely remarkable and none of us could quite believe our luck.”

Peasant field in Aberlemno


Peasant field in AberlemnoPhoto credit: University of Aberdeen

Who were the Picts?

Here’s what you need to know about the Picts…

  • The Picts were a collection of tribes who lived in what is now eastern and northern Scotland during the late Iron Age and early Middle Ages from about 270 to 900 AD
  • They were known for being “barbaric” and fighting fierce battles completely naked, but they may have wore paint as the Roman name for the Picts is Picti, meaning “painted people”.
  • The various Pictish groups eventually formed an alliance against common enemies like the Romans and the British
  • The Picts and their savagery were one of the reasons why even heavily armored Romans could not conquer Scotland
  • They mysteriously disappeared from written history around AD 900 and some experts believe this is because they merged with southern groups

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