Monastic precincts and new discoveries at Abbey Cwmhir
On-line talk at 7.30pm on Thurs 16th June
Prof David Austin is Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the University of Wales and founding Chair of the Strata Florida Trust and is now its Research Director. David is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society and the Learned Society of Wales.
Julian Ravest moved to mid-Wales some six years ago, where he saw the potential opened up by the availability of drones for the exploration and discovery of archaeological sites. Julian has worked closely with the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. More recently he is working with the Offa’s Dyke Collaborative and Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust.
Recent re-evaluation of photogrammetric evidence and aerial photography at Abbey Cwmhir has shown a remarkable level of detail and new ideas about the layout of the monastic precinct and its buildings. We have also been able to understand more about the post-Dissolution development of the site and its use. We shall be discussing these new understandings in the context of monastic plans and their development since their introduction to Europe in the early centuries of the Christian era. Particular attention will be paid to the Cistercians in Wales. We hope this will raise fresh questions about Abbey Cwmhir.
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