St Michael's Church, Llanfihangel-ar-arth in stained glassInscribed Stones

Two inscribed stones have been found near the Church, which are now kept inside the Church. The stones show how old the site of the Church is, dating to pre-Christian times.

The Celtic stone

One stone is known as the Celtic stone as it has several crosses inscribed onto it. It is thought to have been used as a Celtic altar stone or coffin lid, which may have been thrown out by the Normans, as it was found outside of, but near to, the Churchyard.

The Roman stone

The other is the Roman stone, found in the churchyard, thought to be a gravestone to a Roman soldier, dating to about 500AD. It is inscribed in Latin: ‘HIC IACIT ULCAGNUS FI[LI]US SENOMAGLI,’ meaning ‘Here lies Ulcagnus, son of Senomaglus.’ It is also known as the Ulcagnus stone.