Burying the Pictish Dead

Painting by David Simon.

South-east of Forteviot village there was a burial ground which contained graves informally arranged in rows alongside round and square barrows. The showiest burials were square barrows surrounded by ditches with corner gaps, a distinctive Pictish form. These burials were also covered by a structure supported by four posts, which are reconstructed here like the tabernacle pictured in the Book of Kells, with Pictish symbols added. The graveyard appears to predate the royal settlement at Forteviot and intriguingly is some distance from both the church site and the prehistoric ritual complex.


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