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Balfour Beatty unearths ancient Pictish stone in Perth

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has uncovered a significant archaeological find on its A9/A85 Perth Transport Futures project for Perth and Kinross Council.

The stone, uncovered by the Balfour Beatty team and identified by museum experts, displays a unique design previously unknown in the region. This momentous historical find is a first for Perth and Kinross and acknowledges the importance of the local area in the ancient Pictish times.

In line with the Perth and Kinross local development, planning and archaeology policy, all works ceased on site to allow archaeologists to inspect the stone and the site of its discovery. The study of the carving and what it can reveal about life in Pictish Scotland will continue, and the carving will be donated to a museum over the coming months.

Alec Campbell, one of the two Balfour Beatty employees who uncovered the stone, said: “Once the dig was done, we were clearing the area. We flipped the stone over to take it away and knew we had found something different.”

David Strachan of Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust added: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the finders of the carving for drawing it to our attention.

"This is a significant find as there are very few such stones known in Scotland, it is a signal of the importance of the area in Pictish times."

Balfour Beatty was appointed to deliver the first phase of the Perth Transport Futures Project, which will support growth in Scotland’s third fastest developing region in 2016. Following the discovery, works have now recommenced on site and are due for completion next year.