Medieval and Later: Projects and Publications

Excavations conducted between 1989 and 1993 on the early medieval crannog at Llangorse near Brecon (constructed c.890-93) and the continuing programme of excavation on the multi-period site at Llanbedrgoch on Anglesey have shed new light on early medieval settlement in Wales. Other fieldwork has included an investigation of the Smalls Reef off the Pembrokeshire coast, findspot of a fine sword guard decorated in Urnes style, dated c.AD 1100. A number of papers and short articles have appeared, and the publication of the excavations at Llangorse is now in preparation.

Llanbedrgoch excavations

Research on various aspects of the Magor Pill medieval boat (built c.AD 1240) has now been published in a CBA Research Report 115 (1998), and will continue as plans for the eventual display of the reconstructed hull are developed.

Collections based research in progress includes medieval jewellery and early medieval penannular brooches, in addition to excavated assemblages.

The Department has supported cataloguing by Rev. Dr. David Williams of its collection of seals and seal matrices, and has just published the second volume of the Catalogue of Seals in the National Museum of Wales. The Department is also supporting the planned publication of The Medieval Tiles of Wales by John M. Lewis, former Assistant Keeper of Medieval & Later Antiquities, which forms part of the Census of Medieval Tiles in Britain. Dr Mark Redknap is currently preparing an introductory book on the Viking in Wales. J.M. Lewis and M. Redknap are jointly preparing a revision of V.E.Nash-Williams' The Early Christian Monuments of Wales (1950), covering the counties of Brecs., Glam., Mon., Rads., Herefs. and Salop. This work, to be published as the first fascicule of a series, being undertaken in conjunction with Dr Nancy Edwards (Bangor), The Board of Celtic Studies, and Royal Commission.

Dr Mark Redknap, Medievalist

For further information, please visit our research project pages: Archaeology & Numismatics Department

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