Warrior Stone

Digs & Discoveries May/June 2020

(University of Aberdeen)

A six-foot-tall monolith called the Tulloch Stone offers new evidence of the beliefs of the elusive Picts of ancient Britain, who resisted the Romans and later formed powerful independent Scottish kingdoms. Discovered by construction workers during a road project in central Scotland, the stone features a carving thought to date to the fifth or sixth century A.D. of a possibly unclothed man carrying a spear with a doorknob-shaped end. Similar figures, each holding an identical spear, are carved on two other Pictish stones that were found in cemeteries in Scotland dating to roughly the same period. Archaeologist Gordon Noble of the University of Aberdeen says that, rather than representing deceased individuals, all three carvings probably depict a pagan warrior god. “By the post-Roman period, this was very much a warrior-oriented society,” Noble says. “These images seem to represent a distinctive regional manifestation of a warrior ideology.”

  • Artifacts May/June 2020

    Torah Shield and Pointer

    Read Article
    (Courtesy Michał Wojenka/Jagiellonian University Institute of Archaeology)
  • Around the World May/June 2020


    Read Article
    (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Digs & Discoveries May/June 2020

    The Parthenon by Any Other Name?

    Read Article
    (Jason Urbanus)
  • Features May/June 2020

    A Path to Freedom

    At a Union Army camp in Kentucky, enslaved men, women, and children struggled for their lives and fought to be free

    Read Article
    (Left to right: Courtesy Ron Coddington/facesofwar.com; University of Kentucky Special Collections, Lexington, KY; Library of Congress)