|Llanthony Priory in its landscape setting|
This research project examines to what extent elements of a medieval monastic landscape can be discerned within the historic landscape of today, both in terms of physical, topographical features and also how these landscapes have been perceived and experienced.
Moreover, a hypothesis that the topographical legacy of monasticism has remained a central element (though sometimes hidden or unseen) of the genius loci of the places looked at in this study is explored, examining how this has influenced the way in which these landscapes have been developed, experienced and remembered up to the present day.
|The study area|
The tools of conventional landscape history and archaeology have been utilised, combined with approaches more commonly associated with cultural geography to provide a comprehensive analysis – a deep topography - of the perceptions and realities of these complex landscapes.
The thesis is available as a PDF through the Exeter's open access portal here and also from my Academia.Edu profile.
The accompanying appendices data-sets are also available as below:
Appendix 1: Case study selection – desk-based assessment
Appendix 3: Case study summaries
Appendix 5: Tintern grange summaries
Appendix 6: Field notes from landscape walks
Appendix 8: List of field name elements
The original research proposal can be found here (although the research, commenced in September 2015, has inevitably follow a somewhat varying path).
I have posted regular pieces relating to the research project on this blog. Here are links to relevant posts and contributions to other web sites:
The path to the monastery: monastic communication networks in the southern Welsh Marches (Landscape History article)
- Unseen places: exploring ‘hidden’ topography in a historic upland landscape (Unofficial Britain web site)
My MSc dissertation on the landscape impact of Llanthony Priory, one of the monastic houses looked at in this research project, can be found here. The following article is based on this dissertation: Procter, E, 2012. 'Llanthony Priory in the Vale of Ewyas: The Landscape Impact of a Medieval Priory in the Welsh Marches' in Archaeology in Wales 51, 93-106.
Further information on my research can be found on my University of Exeter profile pages and Academia.Edu profile.