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Dyffryn-Bern Inscribed Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Penbryn, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.1341 / 52°8'2"N

Longitude: -4.5013 / 4°30'4"W

OS Eastings: 228901

OS Northings: 251370

OS Grid: SN289513

Mapcode National: GBR D6.7N3Z

Mapcode Global: VH2MK.XMPC

Entry Name: Dyffryn-Bern Inscribed Stone

Scheduled Date: 29 April 1947

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1852

Cadw Legacy ID: CD049

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Inscribed stone

Period: Early Medieval

County: Ceredigion

Community: Penbryn

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument consists of an inscribed stone, a commemorative monument probably dating to the 5th or 6th century AD. The stone stands on the summit of a slight rounded rise in the centre of a field, the remains of a mill-mound which was largely removed c.1800. The stone is roughly quadrilateral, 0.75m by 0.6m in section and 1.45m high. The inscription, in two vertical lines of debased Roman capitals, reads CORBALENGI IACIT / ORDOUS. This translates as (The stone of) Corbalengus. (Here) he lies, an Ordovician. This is of particular interest in showing that pre-Roman and Roman tribal divisions survived into the sub-Roman period.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of medieval Christianity. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. An inscribed stone may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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