Volume I: County Durham and Northumberland

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Current Display: Lindisfarne 27, Northumberland Forward button Back button
Overview
National Grid Reference of Place of Discovery
Present Location
Priory Museum, Lindisfarne
Evidence for Discovery
Found between 1920 and 1924 in excavations by C. R. Peers
Church Dedication
No Dedication
Present Condition
Broken but unworn
Description

Only the broad faces are carved.

A and C (broad): One upper quadrant of a round-headed grave-marker carved on both faces with a double-incised border which does not meet the cross-arms. On both faces the cross is of type G1 and is median-incised. The roundels in the arms and at the centre are deeply sunken. There are two inscriptions, both runic, with serifs:

(a) Face A, upper left quadrant:

 aud II [—

(b) Face C, upper right quadrant:

 —] II lac

–lac is an Old English masculine personal name-element.

Discussion

In proportion the cross is like 28, but the deep sinkings in the centre are best paralleled at Hartlepool (no. 8). The unusual feature of inscriptions and carvings on both faces could indicate that the stone was set upright, perhaps for a double burial, or that it had been reused.

Date
First half of eighth century
References
Peers 1923-4, 261, figs. 3-4; Ross 1935-6; Marquardt 1961, 92-3; Page 1964, 78; Page 1973, 54-5, 104

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