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The Caratacus Stone, sometimes known as the Caractacus Stone, is an inscribed stone on Exmoor in Somerset, England. It is thought to date from the 6th century, and it has been a scheduled monument since 1925. The inscription, in Latin, appears to read CARAACI NEPVS, though experts have stated that a bar above the second A forms a ligature meaning that it should be read as CARATACI NEPVS. It is possible that there was more text on the stone that has weathered away.

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  • Der Caratacus Stone liegt im Exmoor in der Grafschaft Somerset (England) östlich der „Spire Cross“ genannten Straßenkreuzung, 370 m hoch nahe dem Gipfel des Winsford Hill. Sogar Antiquaren ist dieser Stein, der den Namen von Caratacus (die lateinische Form von Caradoc) trägt, kaum bekannt. Thomas Acland errichtete über dem Stein einen Schutzbau um den Monolithen vor Erosion zu schützen. Er ragt mehr als 0,9 m aus dem Boden. Auf seiner Ostseite sind (wahrscheinlich im 4. Jahrhundert) zwei Worte in zwei Linien eingeschnitzt worden. Abwärts gelesen steht dort: * CARATACI * NEPVS
  • The Caratacus Stone, sometimes known as the Caractacus Stone, is an inscribed stone on Exmoor in Somerset, England. It is thought to date from the 6th century, and it has been a scheduled monument since 1925. The inscription, in Latin, appears to read CARAACI NEPVS, though experts have stated that a bar above the second A forms a ligature meaning that it should be read as CARATACI NEPVS. It is possible that there was more text on the stone that has weathered away.
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  • Caratacus Stone, showing the inscription
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  • The Caratacus Stone, sometimes known as the Caractacus Stone, is an inscribed stone on Exmoor in Somerset, England. It is thought to date from the 6th century, and it has been a scheduled monument since 1925. The inscription, in Latin, appears to read CARAACI NEPVS, though experts have stated that a bar above the second A forms a ligature meaning that it should be read as CARATACI NEPVS. It is possible that there was more text on the stone that has weathered away. The inscription, which can be translated as "grandson or immediate descendant of Caratacus", has led to the general opinion that the stone was probably erected as a memorial to a person who claimed the first-century British chieftain Caratacus as an ancestor. The first mention of the stone was in 1219, when it was described in a perambulation of the Royal Forest of Exmoor as "the Langeston". In 1890 the letter N (which is reversed) was missing from the inscription, but by 1919 the missing piece had been found and was cemented back in place. In 1906 a shelter was erected over the stone, and an excavation in 1937 revealed that the stone was not associated with a burial site.
  • Der Caratacus Stone liegt im Exmoor in der Grafschaft Somerset (England) östlich der „Spire Cross“ genannten Straßenkreuzung, 370 m hoch nahe dem Gipfel des Winsford Hill. Sogar Antiquaren ist dieser Stein, der den Namen von Caratacus (die lateinische Form von Caradoc) trägt, kaum bekannt. Thomas Acland errichtete über dem Stein einen Schutzbau um den Monolithen vor Erosion zu schützen. Er ragt mehr als 0,9 m aus dem Boden. Auf seiner Ostseite sind (wahrscheinlich im 4. Jahrhundert) zwei Worte in zwei Linien eingeschnitzt worden. Abwärts gelesen steht dort: * CARATACI * NEPVS „Neffe von Caradoc“ Der Stein gedenkt anscheinend eines Verwandten jenes britischen Anführers, der mit Togodumnus 43 n. Chr. gegen die römische Invasion Widerstand leistete, aber in der unterlag. Der Menhir (englisch Standing Stone) wird in Aufzeichnungen aus den Jahren 1219 und 1279 erwähnt, aber Ursprung und Geschichte des Steins sind umstritten. Einige halten ihn für prähistorisch, anderer für romano-britisch oder aus den Dark Ages stammend. Sicher ist der Schriftzug römischer Provenienz, aber der Historiker S. H. Burton hält den Stein für älter. Auf dem Winsford Hügel liegen auch die Wambarrows, drei runde Grabhügel (ein vierter im Südosten) nördlich der B3223 (Straße). Eine Straße verbindet den Caratacus Stone mit der Brücke von Tarr Steps im Tal der Exe.
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