|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1923 inc|
|History:||Tomlin/1995, 774: `found in 1923 near Barney Gill'. According to Collingwood/Wright/1965, 287, the stone had been placed in the Netherhall Museum by at least 1928.|
Tomlin/1995, 774: `now in the Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport'.
|Geology:||Collingwood/Wright/1965, 271: `red sandstone'.|
|Dimensions:||0.86 x 0.58 x 0.17 (converted from Collingwood/Wright/1965)|
|Location:||Senhouse Roman Museum Maryport|
Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport.
|Condition:||incomplete , some|
The left hand edge of the stone is broken, as is the bottom, while a number of cracks run diagonally through the stone, which has resulted in the loss of some letters.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
SPURCIO VIXXIT ANNOS LXI
Spurcio (PN) lived 61 years.
Collingwood/Wright/1965 287 reading only
|Position:||n/a ; broad ; n/a ; undecorated|
|Date:||400 - 599 (Dark/Dark/1996)|
Dark/Dark/1996, 60--63, argues that the inscription is Christian in nature, and therefore dates to either the 5th or 6th centuries.
|Ling. Notes:||The word vixit has here been inscribed VIXXIT, perhaps indicating an attempt to mark a changed pronunciation.|
|Palaeography:||The text is in Roman capitals. The size of the letters differs markedly, but the only letters of note are the final S which leans to the right, and the final X which is small and carved above the cross stroke of the preceeding L. It is possible that the diagonal stroke in the R is short.|
Most of the text is clear, but the initial S, and the first N of annos are damaged, while an I at the end of the text was destroyed during cleaning.