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Early Christian Inscribed Stone in the Churchyard, Llanaelhaearn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanaelhaearn, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9764 / 52°58'35"N

Longitude: -4.404 / 4°24'14"W

OS Eastings: 238681

OS Northings: 344820

OS Grid: SH386448

Mapcode National: GBR 5B.JJNH

Mapcode Global: WH444.BG22

Entry Name: Early Christian Inscribed Stone in the Churchyard, Llanaelhaearn

Scheduled Date: 10 May 1947

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3170

Cadw Legacy ID: CN084

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Inscribed stone

Period: Early Medieval

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanaelhaearn

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


Small upright stone dug up in the churchyard in 1923. Height .95m. On one face is an inscription, the inscription consists of six letters and reads MELITV. The mark following the V is due to attempts made to 'complete' the inscription since its discovery.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the early medieval period. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structures themselves may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

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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