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Up to 1916, this headstone was being used as a gatepost near Kirkmadrine, Dumfries and Galloway. Inscribed with a Chi-Rho and a Latin biblical inscription 'INITIUM ET FINIS (The beginning and the end) this headstone unusually does not bear a person’s name. The creativity and experimentation of its design suggests that Kirkmadrine was a highly literate centre of learning in the early medieval period.
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6th Century
h 1028mm (h 3' 4 1/2")
w 351mm (w 1' 1 13/16")
367mm (14 7/16")
w 177kg (w 390 3/16lbs)
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