Having concluded there is a rationale and components for the concept of an Open-Air Mithraeum we have seen that the Pictish Symbol Stones take that concept to reality. The terrestrial part is the Stone itself, with carvings suitably obscured, and the skywards view comprises the Planets, stars and celestial bodies otherwise represented in an indoor Mithraeum. With the Stones as the terrestrial components of these Mithraea we need to determine who created or “built” them. What is meant by built is the erection of the basic Stone or the selection of one suitably in situ, the appropriate orientation of the side to be carved and the creation of the carvings.
Perhaps the builders and worshippers were one and the same people; conversely, maybe the builders of the Stones were different from those who used them. Someone had to cause them to be built; someone had to organise their planning and creation. There are questions of timing – when were they built; and timescale – over what period were they used?
This topic is explored in the Builders and Worshippers PDF.
A case is put forward that by identifying the locations of Roman Establishments (various types of forts, camps etc.) around the 212 date we can see who made the Roman Connection to cause the “start point” of Pictish-Mithraism.