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Early Gravestones & Shaft in Churchyard

A Scheduled Monument in Rhosyr, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1912 / 53°11'28"N

Longitude: -4.3274 / 4°19'38"W

OS Eastings: 244603

OS Northings: 368538

OS Grid: SH446685

Mapcode National: GBR 5F.2Z67

Mapcode Global: WH436.H1KX

Entry Name: Early Gravestones & Shaft in Churchyard

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2522

Cadw Legacy ID: AN053

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross shaft

Period: Early Medieval

County: Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

Community: Rhosyr

Description

An important collection of Early Medieval sculpture and other carved stones. One of these, no 10, is now missing, but the remainder consist of:

6 cross-incised slabs

1 fragment of inscribed slab

1 cross shaft

1 fragment of decorated stone

1 corbel with a carved head part of a quernstone (concave face outwards) 1 stone with a round hole in it 1 cusped window head fragment 1 stone with semi-circular depression, as though used as a pivot for a door.

This collection, together with 6 unscheduled stones in the church and churchyard, four examples of Early Medieval sculpture built into the church at Llangeinwen and other isolated examples, may point to the existence of a local sculptural school or workshop, possibly centred on Llangaffo, which has been associated with the early Christian site of Merthyr Caffo.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of Early Medieval sculpture. 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 sculpture and design 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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