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    Pictish Symbols Revealed to Be a Written Language


    MedievalNews.blogspot.com

    A new study has discovered that Picts, a people living in Scotland during the Early Middle Ages, did have a written language made from the symbols they inscribed in stone. A British team has been able to partially decipher these symbols using a mathematical process known as Shannon entropy which allowed them to spot the distinctive patterns characteristic of written language in the symbol stones.
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    The Picts were an Iron Age society that existed in Scotland from ca AD 300–
    843 when the Dalriadic Scot, Kenneth, son of Alpin, took the Pictish Kingship.
    The Picts are recorded in the writings of their contemporaries—the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons and the Irish but, other than a copy of their King list, they left no written record of themselves (Wainwright et al. 1955; Anderson 1973). The Picts did, however, leave a range of finely carved stones inscribed with glyphs of unknown meaning, known as ‘Pictish Symbol Stones’.
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    If only Robert E. Howard (a total Pictophile) was informed about this in his day.

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