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Just heard my blog on Monymusk was the @NtlMuseumsScot's most read in May! Thanks everyone :) http://blog.nms.ac.uk/2015/05/27/glenmorangie-research-project-monymusk-reliquary/ …

Aberlemno Cross Slab - central device of the famous 8th century Pictish cross slab in Aberlemno Kirk yard in the Angus region of Scotland. It consists of intricate Celtic interlace which includes 3 Celtic knots in the shaft & a center device of 7 triple spirals. While the slab from which this cross is taken includes zoomorphic designs, crosses designed by the Picts almost never included any figurative sculpture although it is not known why this particular artistic convention existed.

"Front" of the Nigg Stone, an incomplete Class II Pictish cross-slab, perhaps dating to the end of the 8th century, Old Nigg Church, Nigg, E...

Golspie Pictish Pin, bronze, originally gilted, Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland, ca. 9th Century CE. (Photo by National Museums Scotland) © National Museums Scotland

Portmahomack Pictish Monastery Portmahomack, on the northern coast of the Tarbat Peninsula in Easter Ross, is one of the earliest Christian sites uncovered in Britain. It is the first Pictish monastery to be excavated. The settlement has been dated from the 6th to the 9th centuries AD. Archaeological excavations discovered that the Portmahomack Pictish monastery was destroyed between AD 780 and 830 – probably during a Viking attack.

View of ogam-inscribed Pictish cross-slab. Original negative captioned: 'The Ogham Stone at Aboyne Castle July 1902'.