Rare Celtic "pillow stone" discovered in North Devon

In 2012, 15-year-old Jack Lawrence discovered an odd stone in the rubble from a wall once part of Shutes Cottage in West Down, England. The stone bears the inscription "Guerngen" and is believed to have been a "pillow stone," placed at the head of a grave.

Oliver Padel, of Cambridge University, dates the inscription to the 8th century, before the arrival of the Anglo Saxons in the area. “This man who was commemorated must have been in the upper reaches of society for his family to afford such an expensive memorial,” said Mr Padel.