Pictish power centered in Rhynie

Excavations near the site of Scotland's Rhynie Man, a six-foot boulder carved with the image of a Pict, have revealed a fortified early medieval settlement, possibly the seat of the mysterious Kings of Pictland.

Dr Gordon Noble, from Aberdeen University said, “This means that what we thought was a backwater in this part of Britain may well be much more significant and that Rhynie can take its place as an important force in the power politics of early medieval Scotland. We believe it was a high status settlement. That kind of material has only ever turned up on royal or very high status sites elsewhere. The finds indicate it may well have had royal connections or been associated with the early kings of that time period.”