In 2014 we commission place name expert Peter McNiven of Glasgow University to research the origin of the placenames in Glenshee and how they have changed over time. The fascinating results are included in his report here...interestingly only one placename appears to have a Pictish origin (Persie, see page 41). Peter did reveal however that the later gaelic speakers did associate many of the natural features and existing archaeological sites in the landscape with Fin mac Cumhail (or Finn MaCool), the hero of gaelic legend! Read on...
Many of our small finds are currently being researched by specialists, including the stone and ceramic artefacts, and the potentially important metalwork from the site. We were recently delighted to receive a report, by Ewan Campbell of Glasgow University, on the very unusual miniature glass bead we uncovered in 2013. He has confirmed that the find is a extremely rare in a Scottish context and is of a type better known from Anglo-Saxon pagan burials; very small beads, sometimes referred to as spacer beads, often strung with others in a necklace.
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