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The Nicer Clutosi stele inscription.

The Albiones or Albioni were a Gallaecian people living the north coast of modern Spain in western Asturias and eastern Galicia mentioned by Pliny.[1] They are generally included in maps of Roman Spain.[2]

The name Albiones is also attested on the "stele of Nicer Clutosi" found near Vegadeo, which has the inscription:

? NICER CLUTOSI (filius) C(astello) CARIACA PRINCIPIS ALBIONUM AN(norum) LXXV HI(c) S(itus) EST, which can be translated as " Nicer, [son] of Clutoso from the house of Cariaca, prince of the Albions, [died aged] 75 years, lies here." [3]

This same area was settled by a group of Britons in the post-Roman period, from whom the region took the name Britonia or Bretoña, mentioned in ecclesiastical sources as Britonensis ecclesia ("British church") and an episcopal see called the sedes Britonarum - see the History of Galicia.


  1. ^ Pliny. "Natural History Book 4". University of Chicago. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Tabula Imperii Romani K-29, Porto: Conimbriga, Bracara, Lucus, Asturica, (Madrid, 1991) 20-21; Richard J.A. Talbert (ed.), Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, map 24, E1.
  3. ^ L'Année épigraphique (1946), 121.

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Stone of Nicer prince of the albions. From "People of Asturias Museum" Oviedo

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