Who were they?
- The Picts were the
people who lived in most of Scotland. They lived there before,
during and after the Romans ruled Britain. They are thought to
have been a type of Celtic people.
- The Roman named for
Scotland was Caledonia. They did not get
very far into this country and never ruled over the Picts.
- They were called 'Picts'
because they painted their bodies with 'pictures': like
- They spoke a language
called Pictish. No-one speaks Pictish today. We know almost
nothing about it.
- The Picts are famous for
their 'Symbol Stones'. The symbols may have been a type of
name tag writing.
- The Picts liked to
attack the Romano-Britons.
- During the Dark
Scotland was not called 'Scotland'. It was called 'Pictland'.
- The Scots
eventually took over Pictland. The Scots of today are partly
descended from the Picts.