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'In Nomine' disk

Site/Artefact
In Nomine disk

Type
Inscribed stone

Site Number

National Grid Reference
1837 East
6935 North

Map ( 1:25000)
Ordnance Survey Explorer No 358

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Excavation Details
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Description
Among the artefacts found at Dunadd, a stone disk bears the inscription I[n] Nomine, in a style of lettering that suggests an 8th century origin.

Though Dunadd is a secular power-centre of the Dál Riata in the late Iron Age and Early Medieval Period, it clearly has ecclesiastical connections.

The words on the disk mean 'In the Name' - and can be assumed to reflect Christian devotion, being a shortened form of In Nomine Domini or In Nomine Dei, respectively 'In the Lord's name' or 'In God's name'. Or perhaps In Nomine Summi Dei, 'In the name of God the most high', an expression familiar from Hiberno-Latin writing.

Dunadd has other evidence of literacy: the ogham incription on the rock on the summit.

Other items were found in Dunadd that might suggest literacy, and therefore the presence of Christian clergy. There was orpiment, which was used as a golden-yellow pigment in writing and illuminating manuscripts.

Access/Ownership
Now in National Museum of Scotland

References

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Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts

 1. Kilmory Oib
 2. Druim an Dúin
 3. Duntroon
 4. Dún Ardifur 1
 5. Eilean Rígh 1
 6. Dún Chonaillach
 7. Loch Awe Crannogs
 8. Torran Hoard
 9. Dún na Nighinne
10. Kilmartin Parish Church
11. Temple Wood Stone Circles
12. Ogham stone, Poltalloch
13. Barnakil Cross
14. Kilbride Chapel
15. Kilbride Crosses
16. Dunadd Fort
17. In Nomine disk
18. Brooch Moulds
19. Dunadd cross-marked quern
20. Loch Glashan Crannog
21. Glebe Cairn

22. Nether Largie North
23. Nether Largie Mid
24. Nether Largie South
25. Ri Cruin
26. Nether Largie
27. Ballymeanoch - Stones
28. Ballymeanoch - Henge
29. Ballymeanoch - Cairn
30. Dunchragaig
31. Baluachraig
32. Carnassarie Castle
33. BallymeanocH - Barrow
34. Dun Mac Samhainn
35. Glenmoine, Upper Largie
36. Creag a' Mhadaidh
37. Carnassarie - Round Cairn
38. Carnasserie - Standing Stones
39. Carnasserie - Cist
40. Carnasserie Cottage
41. Upper Largie - Cist
42. Upper Largie - Rock Carvings

43. Nether Largie
44. Poltalloch - Cist
45. Poltalloch - cists
46. Bruach an Druimein
47. Dunchraigaig - Dun
48. Poltalloch - Round Cairn
49. Rownfield - Cist
50. Ballymeanoch - Cist
51. Poltalloch - Cists
52. Ballymeanoch - Dun
53. Dunadd - Standing Stones
54. Dunadd - Standing Stone
55. Baile Mor - Dun
56. Anaskeog - Rock Carvings
57. Bariole
58. Rhudil - Round Cairn 1
59. Rhudil - Round Cairn 2
60. Kilmartin Castle
61. Slockavullin
62. Rowanfield - Standing Stone
63. Poltalloch - Cremation

 

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