Ancient chronicles talk about the Picts of Galloway, a fierce people from the Middle Ages. While this was probably never more than a medieval metaphor for Galloway’s ‘wild’ inhabitants during the twelfth century, there is one place in south-west Scotland with a Pictish connection.
Trusty’s Hill is a vitrified fort, unique amongst the many ancient hillforts of Galloway for its Pictish Carvings. The Pictish Symbols at Trusty’s Hill date to some time in the early medieval period when south-west Scotland was inhabited by people usually perceived to be Britons, not Picts.
So what are these Pictish Symbols doing in Galloway?
The Galloway Picts Project was instigated by the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society to answer this question by investigating the archaeological context of the Pictish carvings at Trusty’s Hill and the archaeological context of Trusty’s Hill itself. The project’s purpose is to enhance understanding of Galloway within Dark Age Scotland and to bring this knowledge to the wider public.