Skip to comments.Discovery of Medieval Inscribed Stone in Wales
Posted on 05/01/2014 6:27:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Whilst enjoying a bank holiday stroll, Royal Commission staff member Nikki Vousden and Dr Roderick Bale (archaeologist at University of Wales TSD Lampeter) came across a long-lost medieval inscribed stone in a stream in Silian.
The find spot is just south-west of St Suliens Church, Silian (NPRN 402554), home to two further medieval inscribed stones. The church site, thought to have been of high-status, has been in use for at least 1500 years. Although the current church building dates from 1873, it is thought to stand on medieval foundations and has an early-fifth/sixth-century inscribed stone built into its south wall.
The lost stone was first noted by Nash-Williams in The Early Christian Monuments of Wales; a cast of its inscribed face was made for the National Museum of Wales. It was tentatively ascribed to Silian because of the label on a photograph, also at the National Museum of Wales. The stone is referred to as Silian 3 in Nancy Edwards Corpus of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture in Wales, Volume II, and its decoration is thought to be ninth/tenth century in date.
The stone measures 70cm x 38cm and decoration is visible on around a third of its face. The pattern includes a linear Latin cross with a lozenge shaped ring at its upper end. There are only two other definite examples of crosses in lozenge shaped rings in Wales: Llanllawer 3 from St Davids Church, Llanllawer (NPRN 308778), and Llandecwyn 1, from St Tecwyns Church, Llandecwyn (NPRN 43903).
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This was also really great (barely related):
Ceredigion farmhouses & other welsh ruins
It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that the historic, ancient church was, indeed, brought down hundreds of years ago by none other than - yes - SUVs. You can see the tread marks in the rock.
Post of the Day! (Maybe the Week but that has to wait another 48 hours.)
Haagen Daaz! That is is clearly the hoof print of the now extinct Firestonus Unicornus Allterrainus!
Wonderful link! I spent more than an hour going through the photos and found them fascinating. Thank you for posting.
Some of those were definitely great fixer-upper opportunities. :’)
Interesting link. The photos are interesting but sad. Abandoned houses always make me sad.
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