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Gesail Gyfarch Inscribed Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9528 / 52°57'10"N

Longitude: -4.1745 / 4°10'28"W

OS Eastings: 254009

OS Northings: 341709

OS Grid: SH540417

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.L0D3

Mapcode Global: WH55K.V19L

Entry Name: Gesail Gyfarch Inscribed Stone

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 296

Cadw Legacy ID: CN019

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Inscribed stone

Period: Early Medieval

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dolbenmaen

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument consists of a stone with an early-medieval inscription on the front. The stone is now 1.7m long, 0.35m down to 0.23m wide and about 0.15m thick, a piece has broken off the top and the left side has been trimmed, probably in the 19th century.

The writing is faint but legible and is confined to what would have been the upper part of the stone when it stood upright. The inscription, in three lines reading vertically down from the top is FILI CVNALPI / CVNACI IACIT / BECCVRI" and translates as (The stone of) Cunalipus son / Cunacus. He lies here / of Beccurus. There is some doubt about the translation and what can be seen on the stone may be the remains of two independent inscriptions

Source: Cadw

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