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ALIORTVS STONE, LLANAELHAEARN CHURCH

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NPRN 57658

Map Reference SH34SE

Grid Reference SH38704482

Unitary (Local) Authority Gwynedd

Old County Caernarfonshire

Community Llanaelhaearn

Type of Site INSCRIBED STONE

Broad Class COMMEMORATIVE

Period Medieval

Site Description NAR SH34SE17

A roughly hewn pillar stone, 1.37m by 0.32m, inscribed vertically:
ALIORTVS ELMETIACO/HIC IACET
thought to signify 'Aliortus of Elmet lies here'. Elmet was an early medieval polity in the area of southern Yorkshire.

The inscription is thought to date to the 5th or early 6th century AD.

Found when extending the churchyard and reset within the north trancept of church in about 1865 (Nprn43685).

Source: Nash-Williams 1950 Early Christian Monuments, No. 88.

John Wiles 18/10/2006

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