Introducing a Research Framework for the Archaeology of Wales

 

 

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MEDIEVAL WALES (1100 - 1539)

Despite the number of documents and standing buildings, there is still much to be understood from archaeology about settlement and land use, territory, communications and the relative impact of economic and climatic factors.

The following are extracts/summaries of the key priorities identified for the period. For the full text, click on the All Wales Final Document link below.

 

  • Settlement - Deeper, more intensive studies of secular settlement sites of different status together with their landscapes are needed, including excavation and environmental work.
  • Land use - There is need for better identification of land use in the Middle Ages, including the testing of current assumptions about function and date.
  • Industry - There is a lack of coherent knowledge of the locations, products and markets of medieval industries in Wales.


 

Carreg Cennen Castle, Carmarthenshire ©Cadw, Welsh Assembly Government (Crown Copyright)

Carreg Cennen Castle, Carmarthenshire
©Cadw, Welsh Assembly Government (Crown Copyright)

 

 

 

The excavated remains of Llys Rhosyr, Isle of Anglesey. Crown Copyright ©RCAHMW (NPRN305904AP_2005_151)

The excavated remains of Llys Rhosyr, Isle of Anglesey.
Crown Copyright ©RCAHMW (NPRN305904AP_2005_151)

 

 

 

Medieval strip fields, knowm as The Vile, Gower, Swansea. Crown Copyright ©RCAHMW (NPRN24333D12006_05081995)

Medieval strip fields, knowm as The Vile, Gower, Swansea.
Crown Copyright ©RCAHMW (NPRN24333D12006_05081995)