Kintore Symbol Stone
Kintore Symbol Stone
A Pictish symbol stone discovered in the churchyard of Kintore. The stone is carved on both faces; on one side is a triple disc and cross bar, with a fish above, which may represent a cooking pot seen from above. The other face shows a Z-rod or V-rod, a beast, and a crescent shape. The Z-rod may represent a broken arrow. The style of carving is different on the two faces, which may mean it was carved by two different people, possibly at different times.
The stone is known amongst archaeologists as Kintore 1, and stands just inside the gates to the kirkyard. It probably dates to the early 7th century (Pictish symbol stones are notoriously hard to date). There is further symbol stones at Dyce, 4 miles away, and Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle is 6 miles distant.