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Nevern’s Origins? The Stones of Maglocunas and Vitalianus

October 23, 2015

Archaeodeath

Following posts about the Viking Age  stones from St Brynach’s church, Nevern, Pembrokeshire here and here, this post foregrounds the earlier, post-Roman stones from the site. Embodying a time of bilingual elite commemorative traditions in the 5th and early 6th centuries AD, the Class 1 inscribed stones are reported on in detail in the superb A Corpus of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture in Wales Volume II South-West Wales by Nancy Edwards.

IMG_9460 P70 – Commemorating Maglocunas

The early inscribed stones needn’t mean there was a church here so early. Equally, these stones do not confirm the elites commemorated were Christian. Still, the two stones (P70 and P71) now on display at the church both bear roman and ogham scripts. Together they evidence Nevern as a place of importance in the centuries after the end of formal Roman rule of Britannia. The locale’s significance might relate as much to any elite…

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