The Pictish Arts Society



The Pictish Arts Society was founded in 1988.



It is the purpose of the PAS to raise public awareness of the Pictish stones, history and culture and to encourage various arts inspired by Pictish design.



Membership is open to one and all from across the globe for anyone who has an interest in the Pictish stones and arts.




All photos by Bob Henery, Strathclyde University or David McGovern

The Northern Picts


PAS Annual Conference

7th to the 9th of October 2016


Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX









Friday 7th October

Private visit to Inverness Museum


An opportunity for conference delegates to mingle and enjoy exclusive access to Inverness Museum’s fine collection of Pictish sculpture.

Advance booking only


Saturday 8th October

Conference & AGM

09.00-09.40  Registration (with tea/coffee)

09.40-09.50  Welcome

09.50-10.30  Candy Hatherly: Atlantic roundhouses and the later prehistoric archaeology of the Moray Firthlands

10.30-11.00  Juliette Mitchell: The early medieval barrow cemeteries of Scotland: Movement, Placement, Architecture & Chronology

11.00-11.30  Tea/coffee

11.30-12.10  Daniel MacLean: Fragments of Significance: Identifying high status settlement in Northern Pictland

12.10-12.50  Matt Richie: The Picts: a learning resource. Place-based learning and Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy

12.50-14.00  Lunch (and a chance to look at the Knocknagael Pictish symbol stone)

14.00-14.40  Gordon Noble: The Northern Picts Project: Latest Progress and Results

14.40-15.20  David Anderson & Leanne Demay: Ploughs, Pictish Stones & Port: Excavations at Dandaleith 2014

15.20-16.00  Cait McCullagh: The Cross across the Firthlands and the making of a Kingdom: Finding Fortriu in the Cross Slabs of Northern Pictland

16.00-16.10  Closing remarks

16.30-17.15 AGM


Sunday 9th October

PAS Conference Field Trip

Departing from Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Rd, Inverness IV3 5NX at 09.30, returning there c17.00.

A chance for delegates to visit Groam House Museum and a selection of Pictish stones north of Inverness, including some in private ownership not normally open to the public.  Delegates are advised to bring appropriate footwear, waterproofs and a packed lunch.  Participation in the field trip is by coach only and spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential.