Scotland's Past

I came across two articles which I think readers of Scotia News might find fascinating. Who isn't riveted by Scotland's very ancient history? Archaeologists are constantly uncovering all sorts of artifacts and bones.

"Unknown symbols written by the lost 'painted people' of Scotland unearthed" is about Pictish carvings found on a stone dating from the fifth or sixth century CE (Common Era).

The stone currectly lives at the Graciela Ainsworth conservation lab in Edinburgh. Feel free to peruse their fascinating work.

This stone was found in Aberlemno, which is a place rife with Pictish stones. Check out more of these wonderful designs.


The next article is "Scotland's 'bodies in the bog' traveled hundreds of miles to die in a toilet". While the bodies in Cramond were unearthed in the 1970's new analysis of the isotopes from the teeth revealed where these persons lived.

Apparently some of these individuals traveled from various parts of Scotland to end up in this bog. One came from West coast of Scotland, another from Southern Highlands or Loch Lomond area. Some were from the Cramond area. If you wish to dive into the science of it, here's your chance.



Northern Lights

Recently - this past March - our Sun has been emerging out of it's quiet phase. This increased the occurrence of aurora borealis over Scotland. Over the years talented photographers have recorded the amazing beauty of the Northern Lights.

"On 25th February 2014 Sun produced X4.9 flare which on 27th February caused G2 (KP 6) geomagnetic storm on Earth. It was the brightest aurora display so far during this solar maximum which I could witness with auroral displays overhead in the far north of Scotland. This short movie illustrates what has been seen from latitude 58.3 degrees north." -- Maciej Winiarczyk

If you want to know where and when to see the Northern Lights in Scotland please go to this site and get the details.

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