Welcome to www.pictishsymbolstones.com which has four main themes:
- Pictish-Mithraism™ – which the author proposes was developed from Roman Mithraism
- Carvings decoded in the context of beliefs – in particular Symbols representing a form of Mithraism
- Surfaces of Stones used as a “shared space” with carvings reflecting different beliefs
- Transition from Mithraism to Christianity
Across these interconnected themes connections are made with the Roman military in Scotland, where and when Pictish-Mithraism may have started, Roman indoor temples of Mithras and the concept of an Open-Air Mithraeum, “personal attributes” ascribed to Celtic animals, birds and fish plus information on the original locations of Stones and the range of objects carved on them.
The research approach started with looking elsewhere for designs similar to those on Pictish Symbol Stones – to find none. Some structure was then given to sorting and recording the researched material then analysing the data by object and category resulting in two key outputs – Mithraic Symbols being identified and decoded plus Non-Mithraic Objects being identified and recorded.
Finally there is a section on those Artistic Techniques used in structuring and positioning Symbols on Stones.
- Pict, Pictland and Pictish
- Physical Locations of Pictish Symbol Stones
- Pictish Symbol Stones – Objects by Location
- Beliefs – what are they?
- Mithraism and Pictish Symbols
- Christian Crosses and Biblical Stories
- Celtic Animals, Birds and Fish
- Stones with Ogham Texts
- Carvings on the Stones – Research Approach
- Mithraic Symbols – Identified and Decoded
- Non-Mithraic Objects – Identified & Recorded
- Builders & Worshippers – a Roman connection?
- Locations of Roman Army Establishments in Pictland
- Symbol Stones near Roman Army Establishments
- Stones, Eagles and The Roman Army – a Connection?
- Stones, Boars and a Roman Legion – a Connection?
- What the “stayers” created – Symbols and a Legacy
- Observations and Discussion
- Was a Shared Space Successfully Enabled?
- “Shared Space” booklet
- Aspects of Physical Locations
- Class 2 Stones – a Detailed Exploration
- Features of Class 2 Stone Locations
- Evaluations and Comments
- Dating Project – Saints and Class 2 Stones in Angus and Perth & Kinross
- Transition Stones – Conclusions
- Pictish “Transition” Stones booklet
- Design and Construction of Individual Objects
- Relative Positioning
- Associated Meanings
- Hypothetical Stone
- Highlights of Artistic Techniques
Header shows part of Rossie Priory, Perthshire Class 2 Stone.