|Wales from the Air|
Patterns of Past and Present
Wales from the Air - Patterns of Past and Present
By Chris Musson
Published 1994 - Out of print
Review of Contents
This is the Royal Commission's first published essay in air photography and aerial archaeology. It is unlikely to be the last. An aerial study of the country's industrial heritage is one of several already under consideration. as the size and scope of the Welsh air photo collection grows, and fresh insights are drawn from 'vertical' photographs taken for survey and mapping purposes, new themes will no doubt suggest themselves for presentation. For the moment, the aim is to offer a representative sample from the national and regional archives of 'oblique' air photography - views taken with the deliberate purpose of recording the traces of farmer, craftsmen, trader and industrial worker in the rural and urban landscape of Wales.
To an extent, too, the book tells the story of Wales from the earliest farming communities to the Industrial Revolution and beyond. Each regional section, emphasising the topographical and cultural diversity which create the distinctive character of Wales, is set out in broadly chronological order. The 'aerial tour' which makes up most of the book is preceded by a fascinating introduction to the techniques, practice and the first achievements of aerial exploration in Wales.
If the words and pictures convince readers that the aerial perspective has a crucial role to play, along with ground-based techniques, in the understanding of Wales in history and prehistory, it will have met its first objective. If it whets the reader's appetite for future publications, and for further work in air photography and air photo analysis, it will properly reflect the Royal Commission's aim of involving the people of Wales in the exploration, recording and interpretation of the patterns of the past so spectacularly preserved in the landscape and townscape of the oresent day.
- Map of Wales
- Page numbers for illustrations
- Air photography and aerial archaeology
- South East Wales
- South West Wales
- North West Wales
- North East Wales
- Central Wales and the Borderland
- Acknowledgements, equipment and sources of photographs
- Index to illustrated sites
- Further reading
- Royal Commission publications
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