|Discovery:||in/on structure, 1975 Fanning, T.|
|History:||Fanning/1977, 14--16: `Discovered in 1975 during a routine clean-up of the interior of the ancient church at Ratass...[it] had been re-used and built into the sides of a nineteenth-century burial vault or tomb in the south-west corner of the church'.|
Fanning also argues that the stone went through a phase of being used as `a sharpening stone for knives and other blades', before being `turned upside down' and a cross carved on it, possibly in the 10th or 11th centuries.
|Geology:||Fanning/1977, 14: `fine purple sandstone'.|
|Dimensions:||1.45 x 0.34 x 0.2 (Fanning/1977)|
The plates in Fanning/1977, indicate that stone is now placed upright outside the church.
|Condition:||incomplete , some|
Fanning/1977, 14, refers to some chipping and polishing which has damaged the stone.
|Crosses:||1: latin; outline; straight; plain; plain; none; none; other; plain|
Fanning/1977, 15: `on the opposite broad face to the Ogham and placed at the wider end of the pillar stone is a simple Latin cross composed of double grooves. It has closed terminals except at the stem which is open-ended'.
|Fanning, T. (1977):||[.]NMSILLANNMAQFATTILLOGG|
[A]NM SILLANN MAQ FATTILLOGG
Fanning/1977 14 reading only
|McManus, D. (1991):||[.]NMSILLANNMAQFATTILLOGG[.]|
[A]NM SILLANN MAQ FATTILLOGG[A]
[A]NM SILLANN MAQ FATTILLOGG[O]
McManus/1991 71 reading only
|Position:||n/a ; arris ; n/a ; undecorated|
Fanning/1977, 15, argues that the cross is a much later addition to the stone.
|Date:||700 - 899 (Fanning/1977)|
800 - 899 (OCorrŠin/1977)
550 - 599 (McManus/1991)
McManus/1991, 71, 97, argues against the dating of Fanning and ” CorrŠin, preferring a date in the later sixth century.
500 - 900 (Ziegler/1994)
Ziegler/1994, 130--131, 232, dates the name ATTILLOGG to the period 700-900, and the name SILLANN to the period 500-900.
|Ling. Notes:||See McManus/1991, 71, 107, 117, 172, and pp. 80, 96, for the late date of the anm formula.|
Fanning/1977, 14: `the incisions are clear, regular and unweathered'.
McManus/1991, 71, does not accept this identification.