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'The Sculpture of Highland Perthshire' - A Talk by John Borland

Coming in 2021!

Although Perthshire was part of Pictland, the corpus of Early Medieval sculpture in the north-west or Highland Perthshire comprises very few Pictish stones. The prominence of simple crosses - linear, sunken and outline – which have their origins in the Scots’ kingdom of Dál Riata, suggests not only the spread of Christianity from the west but perhaps even gradual Scottish settlement in the area.

In this talk, John Borland will look at the Pictish and other early medieval sculpture of Highland Perthshire and follow its distribution from west to east, along the glens and straths, into eastern and northern Pictland.

John Borland is Measured Survey Manager in the Survey & Recording Section of Historic Environment Scotland (HES), the new body resulting from the merger of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Historic Scotland (RCAHMS). In his 36 years with both organisations, John has had the opportunity to survey almost every type of archaeological and architectural monument, from Neolithic chambered cairns to WWII coastal batteries. John has been recording Scotland's Pictish and Early Medieval sculpture for over 30 years and is responsible for the ongoing program to record this entire internationally significant corpus. He is also the current President of the Pictish Arts Society.

Talk begins at 7.00 pm.

The ticket includes the talk in the crannog, curator session in the exhibition, plus soup and a roll to warm you up afterwards!

Tickets are £9 each and booking is essential - please use the PayPal button below or call us on 01887 830583 to book.

Watch this space for the rescheduled date!

Image credit - Historic Environment Scotland


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