Archaeologists have unearthed new evidence suggesting the small village of Rhynie Aberdeenshire was a seat of the "Royal" power during Pictish era.
Archaeology Excavations have revealed in the early medieval fortified settlement near the spot where the Rhynie Man - was discovered by a farmer in 1978 - six-foot stone carved with the image Pict. The hope is to find help shed light on the mysterious Picts and their rulers, kings of Caledonia.
Dr Gordon Noble, Aberdeen University, who has worked with archaeologists to dig Rhynie at the University of Chester, said the ice was significantly fortified "extraordinary" discoveries.
He said: "This means that what we thought was a pond in this part of Britain would be much more significant and that the Rhynie can take its place as a major force in national politics in the Middle Ages in Scotland believe in the high- This material is being wound he got up .. real high status sites or elsewhere. show height, could have had real connections, or have joined the king of the time. "
Dig Rhynie also revealed large fragments of the fifth century Roman amphora - the first to be found in the eastern part of Great Britain. Similar findings were made in places like Tintagel in Cornwall Cadbury Castle in Somerset, and Dumbarton Rock, sites related to the King of Strathclyde.
Noble said: "The most important of which was a large fragments of late Roman amphorae is the fifth in the mid-sixth century, brought from the southern Mediterranean.
"These amphora has been shown to have acted in the past with the western coasts of Britain. The kind of objects we discovered in Rhynie was found in several centers as Tintangel Royal Castle and Cadbury.
"The nearest site of similar meaning in Scotland, Dumbarton Rock, which is nearly 200 miles.
"But the fragments of amphorae Rhynie are the only medieval times in the first place, long after the Romans left Britain, having been found throughout the eastern Great Britain - not just Pictland - and most of the North have been found in the world. "
Very little was known Pitti "the power to determine as soon as possible. Dr. Noble said, Rhynie, has offered exciting opportunities to learn more about how power is consolidated first kingdoms in Scotland.
He said: "We do not know how they existed, or why they disappeared, we have excerpts from accounts of early medieval writers, by which we learn that they are politically active, but with this search, we obtain evidence physical law .. who they were as a people - we just have to keep digging for more archaeology excavations little we have done only a small subset of the importance of the area ..
"The findings came mainly from what appears to be a layer of destruction in the ditch outside. Perhaps there is direct evidence of seats, violent battles and saved in the sparse contemporary history."
Celebrating the Pictish stone sculpture, which is known as the 'Rhynie Man', discovered in 1978 by a local farmer Gavin Alston was plowing a field on his farm near the site Barflat Chester University of Aberdeen, and excavations.
It is widely recognized as the cut a fine figure in Pictish art ever found in Scotland.
The stone 6ft high is a bearded figure with a thin-handled ax on his shoulder, suggesting that the weapon may have been of some ceremony. It also seems to be some sort of cap or what has been described as a "special haircut".
There have been several theories about the character portrayed in stone, remarkable sculpture was discovered.
It could be a representation of the Celtic god Esus, Celtic Esus portrayed as a registrar with an ax.
Other theories are that it can be a king of the Picts, or even Matthew.
Rhynie Man is one of eight Pictish carved stones found in Rhynie since the 19th century. No Stone confirmed Christian motifs. One of the monuments, known as Craw Stane, still stands near the village and the center of the newly discovered series of defensive walls.
Rhynie Man is now gracing the entrance to Woodhill House in Aberdeen, the seat of Aberdeenshire Council.
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