Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pictish Writing

A new discovery.
A new language dating back to the Scottish Iron Age has been identified on carved stones. These inscriptions are believed to belong to the early Pict society living from ca 300 to 843 AD, in modern-day eastern and northern Scotland. The Picts, meaning “the Painted Ones”, were named by the Roman Eumenius in 297 AD and are renowned for having repeatedly repelled invasions from both Romans and Angles, creating a clear North-South division of the British Isles.

Celtic tribes around Ireland, Wales and Scotland are known for their use of stylised stones as signs of ownership and to indicate their names. In the past, some two dozen Pictish Ogham inscriptions had been found in the north and north-west of Scotland. Oghams, also called Primitive Irish, compose a lexigraphic language and the earliest inscriptions discovered date back to the 4th century AD.

The new written language discovered in Scotland differ however very much from Ogham as the study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, led by Rob Lee, Philip Jonathan and Pauline Ziman reveals. (Read entire article.)


Anonymous said...

Follow your tweet, and here's a very interesting parallel to enrich our imaginations with:
"the researchers came to the conclusion that the stones would also present semasiographic symbols "
Signs and images of Heavenly glory were strewn all over his earthly path. The “signs” were (1) nature and (2) Scripture, God’s two books, (3) general providence, and (4) special miracles. (The word translated “miracle” in the New Testament [sëmeion] literally means “sign”.)

I do believe that the iconoclasm of the spirit is healed by fertile imagination fed by gifts of Divine grace, thanks for serving delectable appetizers on both of your blogs!


Anonymous said...

oops missing citation (most important to give credit where credit is due so you may read the entire article by genius Dr. Peter Kreeft!)

In brief:

"Dullness, not doubt, is the strongest enemy of faith, just as indifference, not hate, is the strongest enemy of love."

(paralleling JPIIs wisdom on what most harms Trinitarian love: neglect ie abuse of passion, not passion ill-directed)