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Coronavirus: Picts by podcast on Road to Angus to help break lockdown boredom for locals

The front of the Kirriemuir No. 2 Pictish stone.
The front of the Kirriemuir No. 2 Pictish stone.

Locked down residents are being offered the chance to take The Road to Angus in a new podcast offering which delves into the heritage of the area.

As part of a social media offering from the Angus Alive culture and leisure trust while its venues across the district are closed, the podcast series has been added to its social media offering.

In the inaugural episode, ‘The Picts in 2020’, curatorial assistant James Wylie and cultural team lead Adeline Kinsella discuss how modern technology is helping preserve, study and globalise carved Pictish stones of Angus.

Adeline said: “With our venues being currently closed, our podcast series is a fantastic way to bring our collections to your home, with a different topic launched every week.

“We have over 25 Pictish stones or fragments of them in our collection, and these stones are really quite fragile as they are made of sandstone and will degrade over time.”

The back of the Kirriemuir No. 2 stone.

The podcast features some of the Pictish stones located around Angus such as that at Dunnichen and the Camus Cross at Monikie.

It also details key pieces from Angus Alive’s own collections including the Kirriemuir 2 stone with its ogham – early medieval alphabet – which is yet to be translated.

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