Living off the Land

A study day on agriculture in Wales between c. 400 and 1600 AD.

John Percival Building second floor, room 2.03, Cardiff University on Saturday July 16th 2016

Agriculture lay at the heart of medieval society, yet our understanding of some fundamental aspects of Welsh agricultural systems is limited. Key questions include: how did the agricultural systems of Wales operate between c. 400 and 1600 AD? What light do they cast on the material evidence for life in the contemporary landscape? How similar or different was Wales to other areas or Britain and Ireland? Can we identify change over time? How do we go about researching early Welsh agriculture? This study-day will explore these questions by offering expert overviews of the understanding of medieval agricultural systems, and will present some recent Welsh case studies. Among the themes that it hopes to cover will be the use of infield-outfield systems; seasonal land use and its impact on territorial and estate structures; and how these can be investigated using a wide array of complementary approaches that include maps, place-names, documentary records, archaeological field survey and environmental analyses.


TimeSpeaker/ActivityTitle of Paper
09:30-09:50 Registration  
09:50-10:00 Introduction  
10:00-10:30 Meriel McClatchie Changing perspectives of early medieval Irish farming
10.30-10.55 Sara Elin Roberts Living off the land in medieval Welsh law
10.55-11.25 Coffee break  
11.25-11.55 Stephen Rippon Fields of Britannia: continuity and change in the early medieval Landscape
11.55-12.25 Tudur Davies Culture, climate, coulter and conflict: pollen studies from medieval Wales
12.25-12.50 Rhiannon Comeau ‘In rodwallis’ – medieval agriculture in Welsh north Pembrokeshire
12.50-13.50 Lunch  
13.50-14.20 Della Hooke Resource management of seasonal pastures – some English/ Welsh comparisons
14.20-14.50 David Austin ‘Byw ar y Mynydd’: an historic landscape of living among the uplands of Wales
14.50-15.20 Coffee break  
15.20-15.50 Bob Silvester Field systems in North Wales: Forty years after Glanville Jones
15.50-16.15 Andy Seaman & Alice Forward Settlement and Agriculture in medieval south-east Wales
16:15-17:00 Panel discussion  
17:00 Conference disperses  

Organized in association with the Early Medieval Wales Archaeology Research Group, Canterbury Christ Church University, Cardiff University, and UCL


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