Aberlemno I
Also known as: Serpent Stone
Aberlemno, Forfar, Angus
Pictish Symbol Stone Class I
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There are two Class I Pictish Symbol Stones (rough rocks, incised symbols) at Aberlemno. The best known is the fine Serpent Stone, so-called because of the serpent symbol at the top. The other is much less well known as the symbols have been largely eroded away.

There are three symbols on the front of the Serpent Stone: a serpent (which gives the stone its name); a double-disc-and-Z-rod; and a mirror-and-comb. On the back of the stone are several cup-marks.

It is commonly thought that the Serpent Stone is a much earlier megalith that was re-used by the Picts.

See also: Aberlemno II, Aberlemno III and Aberlemno V.