|Discovery:||non-arch dig, 1742 inc|
|History:||Lewis Morris, in Owen/1896, 139: `taken out of a grave in digging, and copied by me, April 1st, 1742, we have the following inscription. The stone is 3 spans long and a span and a half broad. The sexton that dug it up knows the place, and may possibly get ye pieces if anybody went to ye expense'.|
Jones/1847, 260: `in the recess of a window, in the eastern wall of the chapel'. Nash-Williams/1950, 61: `Found before 1742 in churchyard, where it was `taken out of a grave in digging''.
Macalister/1945, 310: `Dug up in the graveyard shortly before April, 1742, when it was copied by Lewis Morris, who hints that only a fragment was found, and that the rest might have been discovered `if anybody went to ye expense'. No one did so: on the contrary, the fragment was barbarously trimmed square, some time before 1847, to fit into the wall of the church chancel, where it is now to be seen'.
National Museum of Wales cast No. 02.165.
|Dimensions:||0.56 x 0.3 x 0.0 (converted from Macalister/1945)|
Nash-Williams/1950, 63: `Inside church, built into N. chancel wall'.
|Condition:||incomplete , some|
Trimmed on all sides.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Huebner, E. (1876):||HICBEATU[-] | SATURNINUSSE[-- | [-]ACIT:ETSU/ASA | CONIUX:PA[--|
HIC BEATU[S] | SATURNINUS SE[P(ULTUS) | [I]ACIT ET SUASA | CONIUX. PA[X VOBISCUM].
Huebner/1876 53 reading only
|Radford, C.A.R. (1937):||HICBEAT[-- | SATVRNINVSSE[-- | IACIT:ETSVASA[--| CONIVX:PA[--|
HIC BEAT(US) (SACERDOS) SATURNINUS SE(PULCRO) IACIT : ET SUA SA(NCTA) CONIUX : PA(X) (VOBISCUM)
Radford/1937b cix concise discussion
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1945):||HICBEATVS [-- | --] SATVRNINVSSE[-- | --] AC/IT:ETSV/AS[A][-- |--]CONIVX:PA[--|
HIC BEATUS [-] SATURNINUS SE[PULTUS I]ACET : ET SUA SA[-] CONIUX : PA[--
Macalister/1945 310 reading only
|Nash-Williams, V.E. (1950):||HICBEA[TV]S [-- | SATVRNINVSSE[-- | [I]ACIT: ETSV/ASA[--CONIVX:PA[--|
HIC BEATUS (-) SATURNINUS SE(PULTUS) (I)ACIT ET SUA SA[NCTA] CONIU(N)X PA(X) (VOBISCUM SIT)
Here lies buried blessed...Saturninus (PN) and his saintly wife. Peace be with you (both).
Nash-Williams/1950 61 reading only
|Position:||inc ; inc ; n/a ; inc|
Nash-Williams/1950, 63: `neatly incised'.
Nash-Williams/1938, 34, argues that the rounded ends to some of the letters were `evidently used in setting them out'.
|Date:||527 - 537 (Nash-Williams/1950)|
Nash-Williams/1950, 63, argues, on the basis of an identification of the Saturninus for a date of carving c. AD 530.
500 - 599 (Huebner/1876)
550 - 599 (Jackson/1953)
500 - 533 (Miller/1979)
500 - 699 (Macalister/1945)
|Palaeography:||The inscription is largely in capitals, with the exception of the `Ts' which are half-uncial. Many of the letters are conjoined such as TUR in the second line, CI in the third and UX in the fourth. V/A in the third line is ligatured.|
Most of the letter-forms are unexceptional, although the bows of the B, R and P do not join the upright, while the V of the first line appears considerably smaller than the other letters.
Some of the letters, especially the X in coniux have rounded ends to the strokes.
We appear to have interpunct points between [i]acit and et, and between coniux and pa[--].
The first line lacks a top half, and the left and right hand edges of the stone have been trimmed. When first found Morris described a fifth line of text [Owen/1896, 139] now lost. The lettering we have, however, is in good condition and clear.