An ogam inscription from Paul, West Penwith

Thomas, C. and Forsyth, K. (2015) An ogam inscription from Paul, West Penwith. Cornish Archaeology, 54, pp. 205-217.

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A piece of slate bearing an inscription in the early medieval ogham script was found in Paul, west Cornwall, the first instance of an ogham inscription on a portable artefact known from Cornwall or Scilly. The form of the characters indicates that it was created at a relatively late stage in the development of the ogham writing system. Other known examples of ogham in southern Britain are earlier and occur on large inscribed stones but similar portable items with ogham are known from Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The find represents a link between west Cornwall and that wider early medieval literate Christian culture.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Forsyth, Professor Katherine
Authors: Thomas, C., and Forsyth, K.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Celtic and Gaelic
Journal Name:Cornish Archaeology
Publisher:Cornwall Archaeological Society
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