Symbols in Ecclesiastical Settings

This is an Annexe to Aspects of Physical Locations.

In Locations of Class 1 and Class 2 Stones – Differences and Similarities tables were produced to look at a) differences and b) similarities of features of physical locations for all Class 1 and 2 Stones. An outcome was that 4 specific features of physical locations were common to both Class 1 and Class 2 Stones which, taken together, could be referred to as “Ecclesiastical Settings” – 1) Church interior / foundations / wall; 2) Churchyard / graveyard; 3) Church or chapel nearby and 4) Manse.

For Class 1 Stones alone and for Class 2 Stones alone, tables have been compiled, by Symbol, with the number and relative proportion of Symbols in these Ecclesiastical Settings followed by the number and relative proportion across all Stones. A Ratio indicates whether, for any given Symbol, the incidence is higher, lower or the same as the average.

Detail is in the Symbols in Ecclesiastical Settings PDF.

The overall conclusion from this analysis was that within the “ecclesiastical” setting it could be argued that Class 2 Stones positively promoted “transition” and the presence of Class 1 Stones, at minimum, did not represent a threat.