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Together As One: The Landscape Of The Symbol Stones At Rhynie, Aberdeenshire

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Pictish sculpture was the one thing, in Wainwright's opinion, that could definitely be called 'Pictish' (1955, 31), and Wainwright and Stevenson's consideration of Pictish monumental sculpture more than fifty years ago set out quite clearly the then state of 'problematic' Pictish art. In terms of the archaeology of Pictish carved stone monuments, excavations of or around individual standing monuments are rare and often frustrating to interpret and date. The layout of images on Class I stones is usually centred on a pair of symbols normally located at the upper end of erect stones. The grouped monuments at Burghead and in caves (e.g. Covesea, Morayshire), 39% (101 out of 263 listed examples of Class I or II stones) are part of a pair or group of monuments. The Rhynie Environs Archaeological Project (REAP) was designed to explore one of these groups of monuments from the village of Rhynie in Aberdeenshire.

Keywords: monumental landscape; Pictish art; Rhynie Environs Archaeological Project (REAP); Rhynie symbol stones



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