artefacts

weapons



Battle scene on the reverse of the cross-slab in the churchyard at  Aberlemno, Angus.      Detail from the cross-slab at Glamis Manse, Angus, showing two men fighting with axes.
Battle scene on the reverse of
the
cross-slab in the churchyard
at Aberlemno, Angus.
Detail from the cross-slab at Glamis
Manse, Angus, showing two men
fighting with axes.

A silver-gilt scabbard chape found at St Ninian's Isle, Shetland ©National Museums Scotland. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.       Many of the figurative carvings illustrate Pictish weaponry in use at war or in the hunt, but no weapon finds have yet been declared conclusively Pictish. In other cultures one might expect to find weapons included among grave goods, but this was not a part of any Pictish burial tradition. In any case, it is unlikely that weapons of wood and iron would have survived for so many centuries. However, the hoard of treasure found at St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland did include silver-gilt scabbard fittings known as chapes.