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CORBALENGI STONE; DYFFRYN BERN INSCRIBED STONE;'ORDOVICES STONE'

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NPRN 304135

Map Reference SN25SE

Grid Reference SN2890251371

Unitary (Local) Authority Ceredigion

Old County Cardiganshire

Community Penbryn

Type of Site INSCRIBED STONE

Broad Class COMMEMORATIVE

Period Early Medieval

Site Description Corbalengi stone is a Monolith, 1.4m high, bearing the inscription:

CORBALENGI IACIT ORDOVS.

The stone has been resurrected, having originally stood upon a cairn which, when adapted to serve as a mill-mound, produced a Romano-British cremation deposit; various coins of Vespasian and Titus are believed to have come either from this mound, or from nearby. The inscription on the stone famously perpetuates the use of the name of the native 'Ordovices' tribe, believed to have occupied north-west or central Wales at the time of the Roman conquest, in an attempt to re-call the past status of the tribe in the post-Roman period.

(source Os495card; SN25SE1)

Can be related to a cropmark enclosure, about 120m to the east (Nprn308916) and to a possible rectilinear feature between the two (Nprn401407).

J.Wiles 17.11.03
T. Driver, RCAHMW, 27th Sept 2010.

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