Carvings on Pictish Symbol Stones include:
Geometric shapes –
so-called “enigmatic” carvings decoded by the author as Pictish-Mithraic;
other, as yet, undecoded rounded and angular shapes; implements.
Animals, birds and fish – representing personal attributes or Celtic beliefs; some having Roman contexts (typically military); others e.g. rabbit, calf/cow/cattle, sheep with no specific association.
Zoomorphic creatures – so-called “Pictish beast” / elephant (decoded as Pictish-Mithraic); stylised representations of animal forms; “fantastic” beasts.
People – riders on horseback; biblical scenes/characters and angels; someone wielding an axe; persons hunting, standing, sitting, walking etc.
Plants – flowers; trees.
Texts – Ogham; miniscule; cursive.
With a focus on exploring the prospects of “Shared Space”, those objects that pertain specifically to beliefs are considered in detail in the following sections:
Animals, Birds and Fish – particularly exploring Celtic relevance and Roman context.
Additionally, Hunting Scenes, Battle Scenes, animals alone (e.g. horses) and examples of Ogham writing are referred to in the Investigations into “Shared Space” Belief Combinations.