This carved stone was originally part of an archway, leading into a Romano-Celtic shrine near Ancaster.
The inscription reads:
FECIT DE [SV]O DONA[VIT]
This translates as 'To the God Viridius, Trenico set up this arch at his own expense'.
Viridius is a deity known only at Ancaster, and represents an Iron Age deity whose worship continued into the Roman period.
His name, which includes the element 'vir' (man, in Latin) suggests that he may represent a god with connections to masculinity and virility.
Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection