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Meigle Sculptured Stones, Meigle

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  • Despite being a fairly small museum, it is well worth the visit. It gives a good explanation of the local history, and the Pictish stones are simply fascinating. My kids, who were relatively young at ...  more »
  • Great docent, we had a wonderful tour and history lesson. Interesting burial stones and stones with messages in latin and picts, but actually meaningful and creative drawings. In the corner of the roo...  more »
  • A small great museum housing about 15-20 sculpted stones. The fine lady there, Lisa, gave us a wonderful little tour and brought history to life. This is a definite stop for Pict history folks like us...  more »
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  • A very friendly welcome from the guide and an excellent display of Pictish carved stones gathered / rescued from the area by that rarest of things, a sensitive and informed local Victorian landowner and historian. Many of the stones had been robbed out of their original locations and used in houses and farms as building material ... but he imposed his will and recovered them into one place, an old school-room which he purchased for the purpose.
  • Great country museum with a unique collection
  • Before the Romans, Gaels, Vikings, Normans, or Saxons left their marks on Scotland, the Picts dominated the north. With rare exception, they left behind little historical record, but the archeological record includes a rich collection of artifacts, most notably their highly-illustrative carved stones. Today, the interpretation of the iconography used in these stones remains speculative, although many of the carvings represent obvious subjects: people, animals (real and mythological), tools, and (after the introduction of Christianity) both recognizable Biblical stories and (of course) crosses. Eventually, the Picts would merge with the Gaels, and as a result Pictish carvings would be influenced by the Celtic style of Insular art (e.g., Celtic Knotwork). This is exclusive to (and arguably inseparable from) Christian influenced carvings. While we were in Scotland, we made a point of visiting a number of churches that had original collections of Pictish art, as well as two (excellent) museums: Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum and (by appointment) St Vigeans Sculptured Stones Museum. Between the two, I preferred St. Vigeans, although that was in part due to the knowledge and passion of our guide. Both, however, have excellent collections of carved stones that are worth visiting if you are interested in Pictish art.