|Territorial boundaries around AD 800.||Distribution of Pictish carved stones.|
|Similarly, the area around the Dornoch, Cromarty and Moray Firths has so many Pictish remains that this area must have been at the heart of northern Pictish society. The large coastal promontory fort at Burghead was certainly an important stronghold; and recent excavations at Portmahomack have revealed a major ecclesiastical centre to rival Iona.
Excavations at Portmahomack.
|In addition to the clues in the landscape – symbol stones, fort sites, archaeological finds – it is possible to identify areas of Pictish occupation from echoes of its language. Certain elements of place names may be survivals of Pictish words, used by the Picts or coined later by others.|