Experts debate meaning of symbols on Pictish stones

The debate continues among archeologists and linguists over the symbols on over 200 carved stones dating to the time of the Picts in Scotland. Archeologists feel that the carvings are "symbolic markings that communicated information."

Professor Rob Lee from Exeter University believes the symbols are words rather than images, but French linguist Arnaud Fournet is not so sure. He feels "that, by examining Pictish carvings as if they were 'linear symbols,' and by applying the rules of written language to them, the scientists could have produced biased results." Fournet continued, "The carvings must have some kind of purpose - some kind of meanings, but... it's very difficult to determine if their conclusion is contained in the raw data or if it's an artefact of their method."