at INVERURIE Aberdeenshire with images of the Pictish Class
I stones in the old churchyard of 'the Castle Yards' near the Bass, and at the Brandsbutt
Pictish stone to the north of the burgh
At the turn of the 20th Century, the pre-Reformation chapel near the sacred mound of the
Bass in Inverurie's old district was torn down as other churches were being built in the
newer streets of the market burgh. Discovered among the foundation stones were
pre-Christian Pictish carved stones featuring symbols representing to the Picts sacred
spirits in their pantheon of geometric and animal deities: fragments of four Class I
carved stones with incised symbols have survived, including the famed Inverurie Horse.
Other simple round cross-incised 'pillow' stones discovered at the same time, have not.
Inverurie Kirkyard quadruple symbol stone shows, from top,
crescent & V-rod, sundisc, serpent and double-disc & Z-rod. The appearance of four
contiguous symbols on one surface of Class I Pictish art is unusual.
The serpent appears on the Brandsbutt Class I Pictish stone at
the north end of the medieval burgh of Inverurie, adjacent to a ruined Neolithic stone
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