Monday, June 7, 2010

Study Tour to Normandy: Day 7

The canonical church at Eu dedicated to Notre-Dame and St Laurence O'Toole who died in Eu in the 12th century.

William the Conqueror had been a constant theme in this study tour, so it was fitting that the last visit should be to St-Valéry-sur-Somme, where William’s fleet set sail for England. The area surrounding the memorial stone is cleverly arranged: the pathway represents the English Channel with the major rivers leading into it; the rectangular blocks represent the major places involved in the story of the Conquest. In effect, a birds-eye view of the situation.

Study Tour to Normandy: Day 6

Étretat (exterior / interior); Fécamp (exterior / interior); Veulettes-sur-Mer (exterior / interior); Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer (exterior / interior).

Friday, June 4, 2010

Study Tour to Normandy: Day 5

Carentan; Tollevast, Cherbourg-Octeville (exterior / interior); Portbail; Coutances Cathedral; la-Barre-de-Semilly

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Study Tour to Normandy: Day 4

Jublains: The Fortress; The Theatre; The Temple.

Mayenne - The Château - exterior; features from the Charolingian palace surviving in the wall in the wall.

Falaise the Château.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Study Tour to Normandy: Day 3

St-Vigor Abbey at Cerisy-la-Forêt (external / internal); Bayeux Cathedral (Oddo's crypt / 12th century nave); Abbaye d’Ardenne (church and domestic buildings).

Monday, May 31, 2010

Study Tour to Normandy: Day 2

Caen: Abbaye aux Hommes; Abbaye aux Dames; Château de Caen: remains of the 11th century keep and the curtain walls of c. 1200.

Study Tour to Normandy: Day 1

Notre-Dame Jumièges
St-Pierre Jumièges
St Wandrille
St Catherine Honfleur

Unfortunately, owing to restoration work, both Notre-Dame and St-Pierre were partly covered with scaffolding.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Social Networks for Archaeology

The power and importance of social networks are growing all the time, not least in the field of archaeology.

I thought that it would be useful to compile a list of these sites for archaeology. The list as it stands at the moment can be found here….

Obviously, this list is very incomplete at the moment, so if you know of any archaeological social network site that should be added, please give details on the form here…

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Photos from the EMAS Easter Study Tour

You can find photographs from this year’s EMAS Easter Study Tour and other earlier trips at:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

EMAS Easter Study Tour – Day 6

We left Chesterfield and drove to Lincoln.

Here we visited the Cathedral, with its wonderful Angel Choir. Walking from west to east in the cathedral is a visual demonstration of the progression from Early English to Decorated Gothic.

We then visited the Bishop’s Palace, and then down the aptly-named Steep Hill to see the two excellent 12th century buildings: the Norman House and The Jews House.

Then Lunch and the drive back to London.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

EMAS Easter Study Tour - Day 5

A Day of Anglo-Saxon churches, or architectural fragments thereof,

We started the day with a visit to Repton church, with its wonderful 8th century crypt. The vicar and his wife were very friendly and allowed us to visit their garden – the site of the mass grave excavated by the Biddles.

We then went to Bredon on the Hill. Here the earliest surviving parts of the church are Norman, but there is a wealth of Anglo-Saxon sculpted stone set into the walls of the later church.

After a superb lunch in the Bull’s Head, Repton, we went to Stanton-by-Bridge Church – here most of the visible fabric is Norman, or later, but the long and short quoins at the east of the nave suggest an Anglo-Saxon date for the original church.

Finally, we went to Hough on the Hill. This church has a fine Anglo-Saxon west tower with an interesting round stair turret.