Pictish 'chieftain' buried in Highland cave may have had links to Orkney

A high-status Pictish man who was killed 1,400 years ago and buried in a Highland cave may have had links to Orkney.

Facial reconstruction of 'Rosemarkie Man' who was found buried in a Highland cave. New tests have suggested the high-status figure may have had links to Orkney. PIC: Dundee University.

Rosemarkie Man, whose remains were found near Rosemarkie in the Black Isle three years ago, has recently undergone genetic testing.

It was found that he belonged to a vast British Iron Age population, with his genetics most similar to those from the Knowe of Skea in Westray in Orkney.

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Dr. Katharina Dulias, postdoctoral researcher at York University, said further analysis was needed to determine whether it meant Rosemarkie Man originally hailed from the islands.

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This summer, it was revealed that Rosemarkie Man had a high-protein diet similar to those enjoyed by people of a high status.READ MORE: The abandoned Scottish island where Picts went to healSimon Gunn, founder of the project, then told reporters: "He was a big, strong fella - built like a rugby player - very heavily built above the waist.

"It's rather peculiar that he had a very high-protein diet throughout his life, to the extent that it's as if he had been eating nothing but suckling pigs.

"He was a bit special, that could be royalty or a chieftain.

"Obviously he had a rather brutal death, but he was buried quite carefully in that cave."

Tests have shown he died sometime between 430 and 630 AD.