The Pictish beast stone of Moray Firth

Isobel Henderson found something cruious - and exciting - in a stone wall on a Highland farm building near Moray Firth, Scotland: a Pictish beast stone dating to the 5th-7th centuries. The stone is carved with a beast, crescent, comb and mirror. (photo)

Since the stone was built into a wall of a 19th century property, experts believe that it either been kept indoors or buried. "We are always encouraging people to put their Pictish specs on and look out for stones in church yards and dykes," said archaeologist Cait McCullagh, co-founder and director of Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands.