Pictish fort found off Aberdeen

BBC is reporting that University of Aberdeen researchers have got all het up over the thought that there are traces of all kinds of pre-Celtic settlements in the rocks along the coast:

Pictish symbol stones were said to be found on the Dunnicaer sea stack by locals in the 19th Century.

Until this latest discovery, it was unclear whether the site held other historical remains.

Lead archaeologist Dr Gordon Noble said it could be the precursor to Dunnotter Castle, the remains of which lie a quarter of a mile south of the site.

He explained: “We’ve opened a few trenches so far. This is the site where, in the 19th Century, they found six Pictish stones when a group of youths from Stonehaven came up the sea stack.

“Here we’ve got clear evidence of people living on the sea stack at least for part of the year. Certainly people are living here for long enough to create this really nice well-constructed hearth and these lovely floor layers.”

The remote location meant the archaeologists needed the assistance of a specialist just to reach the site.

Personally, I want this to be evidence of Pict surfer dudes. Maybe that’s wishful thinking, but dude.

[via Archaeological News]