Wales

THE LLYWEL STONE

On any given afternoon in the British Museum, tourists walk casually by some of the greatest collections of artifacts from the ancient world.

As people pose by the more famous exhibits, there stands, in the Medieval Gallery, possibly the most important piece in the entire museum.

In the Iron Age Gallery is the Ogham Stone standing by the first table-case that you would have passed when you entered the room.

It is a grave slab from Ireland.

Ogham is the earliest written language to be used in Ireland, it dates to around the 4th century A.D.

Then there is the Llywel Stone at the other end of the room, and as it has the same inscriptions in both Latin and Ogham.

llywell stone

Unearthed in a farmer’s field in Wales in 1843, it was sold to the British Museum for the princely sum of £10.00.

An ornately carved piece of stone, its true importance appears to have been made less significant by its strange placement.

The most significant carving on this stone seems to have been deliberately obscured by the curators.

Turned facing the wall, and almost impossible to view, there is a clear representation of “a person apparently dressed in Egyptian garb leaving the pyramids of Egypt on his journey to the west…”

My question is, why is important archaeological evidence again being deliberately overlooked by mainstream historians?

Is it to maintain the widely believed, but heavily sanctioned view of British history that the Ancient Egyptians had never travelled to these shores?

4 Comments

  1. Lanark McVie

    MEGALITHIC

    Are these the figures in “egyptian garb”?

    • Your link appears to be a stone on full display, and also shows two people.

      It is quite likely that it is a different stone than the one the article was referring to…

      • Lanark McVie

        No. It is the same stone. I’ve seen the original and two of the replica casts in Wales. That photolink in my first comment is of one of three replica casts which were made from the original.

        That photo linked in my comment is of one of the replica casts of Llywel Stone which is in the Brecknock Museum in Powys (in Wales) where the original was found by the Vicar of Llywel.

        More here.

        MEGALITHIC
        If you look carefully down the middle of the picture on your blog entry you can make out the latin inscription which reads MACCVTRENI + SALICIDVNI.

        There is another replica cast in St David’s Church in Powys.

        MEGALITHIC

        The original in the British Museum is mounted wide end down. The copies are mounted narrow end down in St David’s Church and Brecknock Museum.

        That area of Powys is renowned for its early incised stones and slabs which often have Latin inscriptions as well as Ogham and stylised human figures, faces and geometric rock cut patterns. Many also show early christian symbols and are illustrated with scenes of biblical reference.

        You can see here one Llywel replica standing amongst a nice collection of other local stones at the Brecknock Museum.

        MEGALITHIC

        Here’s the British Museum page for it. Same stone.

        THE BRITISH MUSEUM

        Cheers.

  2. John

    From what I’ve read and researched I have a theory that maybe it shows the journey of an offshoot of the tribe of Jews called the Simeon’s from Troy. Maybe its Brutus of Troy after the Greeks have sacked Troy and his men are sailing to Britain to fund a new home