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Adventures in Space and Time…

This week, I’ve been involved with two different groups and their respective meetings. On Monday I was showing members of Dyddio Hen Dai Cymreig / Dating Old Welsh Houses http://www.datingoldwelshhouses.co.uk/index.html around the site of a medieval llys or manor house known as Sycharth – if you want to know more about Sycharth – my blog posts:

https://medievalparksgardensanddesignedlandscapes.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/to-begin-at-the-beginning-or-has-anyone-seen-that-confounded-bridge/

https://medievalparksgardensanddesignedlandscapes.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/standing-on-the-toes-of-giants/

https://medievalparksgardensanddesignedlandscapes.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/the-revolution-will-be-televised/

will provide you with some context of why I was asked to show this group around. Sycharth (if you’ve either read the above blog posts or know already) was burnt down in the early part of the fifteenth century by Prince Hal – later King Henry V – and his men. With no house to visit – the group wanted to see how the poem which described the site compared to the archaeology excavated in the 1962-63 and 2003 and the geophysical survey undertaken in 1997 and 2009.

Members of DOWH walking up to the site of Sycharth. The ditch around the garden is visible to the right of the central group of walkers.
Members of DOWH walking up to the site of Sycharth. The ditch around the garden is visible to the right of the central group of walkers.

The work of DOWH since their inception in 2004 as the Snowdonia Dendrochronology Project has now funded over 100 denrochronological dates. Go to http://www.scribd.com/doc/53735685/Dendrochronology if you want to know more about this scientific technique.

Standing at the entrance to the llys at Sycharth and explaining how the poem describes the both it and the landscape around it.
Standing at the entrance to the llys at Sycharth and explaining how the poem describes the both the llys and the landscape around it.

On Saturday I was in Aberystwyth giving a version of a blog post which was published on the ‘Beyond Borders’ website in August 2013. http://beyondborders-medievalblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/love-like-hare-monuments-and.html This was at the Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd / Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/CentreforAdvancedWelshCelticStudies/IntroductiontotheCentre.aspx for their Fforwm Beirdd yr Uchelwyr / Poets of the Nobility Forum.

The Centre brought together five researchers who are all looking at different aspects of the Poets and their poetry. As the only archaeologist there it was interesting to see literature specialists would take to my research, and I’m pleased that I had such a positive response to my research and how I am using the poetry to inform my archaeological and historical research.

Left to Right: Professor Dafydd Johnston, Dr Ann Parry Owen, Dr Lowri Haf Morgans, Hanna Hopwood, Spencer Gavin Smith, Dr Cynfael Lake.
Left to Right: Professor Dafydd Johnston, Dr Ann Parry Owen, Dr Lowri Haf Morgans, Hanna Hopwood, Spencer Gavin Smith, Dr Cynfael Lake.
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