Chi Rho dish from Caerwent

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Chi Rho dish from Caerwent

The arrival of Christianity in Wales.

Pewter dish inscribed with a Chi Rho - the first two letters of Christ's name in Greek.

Found in 1906, in a house (VII North) near the forum basilica, within a large urn with another pewter vessel, five pots, a scrap of cloth, an iron blade, an iron hook and sealed by a mortaria.

An associated jar of south Midlands shell-gritted ware dates the Chi Rho to approximately AD 370 - the earliest evidence for Christianity in Wales.

The hoard is possibly connected to the 'agape' an early church super held in the house of a wealthy believer.

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