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80. The West Down Inscribed Stone This stone was found in 2104 by a teenager, Jack Lawrence, lying in a cottage garden in West Down.  It bears a single inscription GUERNGENI, identifying it as a memorial to a Celtic Briton named Gwerngen.       Found throughout Cornwall and Devon, these memorial stones from the fifth to eighth … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 80

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89. A Barnstaple Penny This 11th century silver penny was produced by the Barnstaple mint during the reign of Cnut (AD 1017-1035) – otherwise known as King Canute. In the Saxon period there were authorised mints throughout the country; in Devon there were mints at Exeter, Totnes, Lydford and Barnstaple. The earliest known coin from … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 89

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95. A Pilgrim's Ampulla Pilgrim’s ampullae are small leaden flasks which were bought by early medieval pilgrims visiting a saint’s shrine. In the ampulla they carried away a drop of water from the shrine or a drop of oil, in the hope that some degree of sanctity would be imparted to them. Pilgrims would sew … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 95

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8. Flints from North Devon Tools, blades and arrowheads fashioned in flint or chert (a more granular material) are found in the soil across North Devon. The flints on display in the museum represent a few of the large number held in store, while every year the plough turns up more, representing human activity from … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 8