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Title: The Last Of The Druids: The Mystery of the Pictish Symbol Stones
Author(s): Iain Forbes
Publisher: Amberley
Publication Date: July 2012
ISBN: 144560230X
ISBN-13: 978-1445602301
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Forbes presents an exciting new theory that explains the previously impenetrable symbols on Pictish stones.The Picts, a tribe who inhabited Scotland in the first millennium AD, remain one of Europe's most enigmatic peoples. Although leaving little in the way of written records, they did however leave a legacy of literally hundreds of magnificent carved stone monuments. The vast majority of these are adorned with strange scenes and seemingly impenetrable symbols. The purpose and meaning of these strange hieroglyphic-like symbols have baffled archaeologists and historians for nearly two hundred years. Using a combination of astronomical software to simulate the night sky during the Pictish era and by delving into the cosmology of European mythological stories, the author demonstrates that scenes depicted on two prominent monuments are actually celestial calendars. A revolutionary new theory is presented that suggests that Pictish druids were practiced astronomers, who used their skill to make astrological predictions. The previously impenetrable symbols can therefore be explained as forming a complex set of astrological symbols, which, in combination, indicate whether the celestial portents on a particular day are auspicious or inauspicious.The enormous implications of these discoveries with regard to our understanding both of the Picts and also the origins of astronomy and astrology in Europe and Asia are explored.

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