The 13 monuments and buildings that tell 5,000 years of Scottish history
They mark the people and places that have built the story of Scotland through time.
A new book, Scotland Remembered, A History of Scotland Through Its Monuments, by Michael Meighan, takes us on a tour of the landmarks that help define the country. Here, we look at 13 which chart some of the turning points in our times.
1. Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis
Put in place 5,000 years ago, these standing stones predate Stonehenge monument, and were an important place for ritual activity for at least 2,000 years. The stones probably formed a type of astronomical observatory.
Six stones once marked out this settlement of the Picts, who emerged during the time of Roman rule of Britain but who disappeared after 500 years. This stone is considered one of the best examples of its kind.''' with the Roadside Stone one of the best examples of its kind. It with the inscription tIn all, six Pictish stones have turned up in or around Aberlemno, four of which remain on view. The Roadside Cross, one of the Aberlemno stones, has stood in this position for around'1,200 years. (Michael Meighan Collection''. It has an elaborately decorated ringed cross flanked by adoring angels on one side, and a hunting scene on the reverse, below two large Pictish symbols. This stone is known as Aberlemno 3. This stone has until recently been thought to date from the late eighth century. More recent comparative analyses have suggested that it may be of a later, mid-ninth-century origin.
Distance slabs marked out sections of the Antonine Wall, the Roman Empire's most northerly frontier that ran across the Central Belt for 20 years until around 162AD. This replica marks a slab found in Boness.