Saturday, November 06, 2010

1015 or LOIS?

This stone carving has long puzzled me: is it 1015 or IOIS?

It lies abandoned in a Norman churchyard, but if it is genuine period stone carving it could be the first instance of the use of Arabic numerals in Europe. The church was founded in 1014, it sits on the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago-de-Compostela and was a favourite of the Plantagenets when the Angeivin empire flourished. Let me know what you make of it. 

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