Evaluations and Comments

At the outset of the exploration it became clear that all Class 2 Stones have demonstrated the use of their surfaces as a Shared Space for two beliefs. That leads to their collectively being given a more specific name than “Class 2” which generally refers to each having a Cross and style of carving but does not mention other beliefs being represented. Carved objects relating only to Christianity (typically Crosses and biblical stories) appear on what are referred to as Class 3 Stones and are beyond the scope, and intent, of these explorations which do, however, include aspects of Class 1 Stones which were the source of the so-called “Pictish Symbols”.

Overall the aim has been to test whether the Class 2 Pictish Symbol Stones performed a function in the transition from Pictish-Mithraism to Christianity. Two broad areas had to be investigated – the meaning of the carvings on the Stones in the context of beliefs and the physical location of the Stones together with the prospective impact or influence of one upon the other.

Investigations in the “detailed exploration” have centred on the meaning of carvings (particularly looking for commonality across two beliefs) and the influence or impact of the locations of Class 2 Stones (as detailed in “features“) and interactions between both.

Two major outputs have resulted:-

Information gathered for each Class 2 Stone has been put into context then evaluated to assess whether criteria to be considered a “transition” Stone have been met. This is presented on a per Stone basis in Synopsis and Evaluation by Stone.

Whilst there is information and analysis on a per location basis in this detailed exploration, the output is brought together and commented on in the Bigger Picture view prompted by looking at the “features” of Stone locations.

Additionally, here are Some Comments on the significance of certain “location” elements and carvings for specific Stones. Here are some thoughts on achieving change.