It is sculptured in relief, with Ogham inscriptions down each of the four angles. The front bears a celtic cross with interlacing, and the back bears symbols including fish monsters, the elephant or dolphin, double disc and z-rod.
Ogham stone from Co. Kerry, Ireland. Ogham is known to be the earliest form of written language in Ireland. It dates from the 4th Century AD and was used over a period of about 500 years. The marks are read from the left, bottom up then down the right. The stones commemorate someone or an event.
Ogham is the oldest known form of written Irish. It consists of an alphabet made of 20 characters named after types of tree and is at least 1,700 years old. Inscriptions in Ogham pronounced o-am are thought to date back to at least the 4th century A
The Callanish Stones Site is in the charge of Historic Scotland. Calanais is Gaelic for Callanish - originally it was actually called Callernish - or previous to this Classerniss. The Isle of Lewis affords one of the most complete historic stone circles in Europe.
The Picts were a group of Late Iron Age and Early Mediaeval Celtic people living in ancient eastern and northern Scotland. There is an association with the geographical distribution of brochs, Brythonic place name elements, and Pictish stones.