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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Glamorgan The Early Christian Period

Glamorgan  Vol 1 Part 3
The Early Christian Period
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Glamorgan Volume 1 Part 3 - The Early Christian Period
By Stephen Hughes
Published 1976.

Review of Contents
The first volume of the series in preparation for the former County of Glamorgan deals with sites and monuments up to the Norman Conquest. It is published in three parts, in a chronological succession made possible by departure from the presentations by parishes that was adopted in earlier Inventories.

Each part contains introductory sections on the physical background and the early communications of the periods under review, and proceeds to the detailed discussion and dsecription of the relevant classes of structure. Individual site entries are in the format already familiar, illustrated by photographs and original surveys, and distributions are plotted on a common base map distinguishing soil type as well as relief.

This third part covers the early medieval period from the withdrawal of the Roman administration. Field monuments are rare, being almost confined to the few earth and stone dykes described. Evidence of early monastic establishments is more historical than archaeological. The most numerous monuments are the Early Christian memorial stones, mostly now in churches and museums. These are described in great detail, with analytical discussion of their epigraphy and iconography.

Part I of this volume covers the caves and megalithic monuments of the Stone Age, and the burial and ritual sites of the Bronze Age. Part 2 deals with the defended and open settlements of the pre-Roman Iron Age, and the military and civil sites of the Roman occupation.

Map of Ecclesiastical Parishes
List of Plates
List of Figures
Chairman's Preface
Report, with list of monuments selected by the Commissioners as especially worthy of preservation
List of Ecclesiastical Parishes, with incidence of Mounments
Abbreviated titles of references
Presentation of material
Conversion tables, Metric to Imperial

Inventory. Part III: The Early Christian Period
      Introductory Note
   Communications in the Early Christian Period
   Domestic Remains
   Early Monastic Sites
   Inscribed and Sculptured Stones
      Early Christian Monuments
      Pagan Sculpture
   Unclassified Structures
Names of Places in Glamorgan
Index of Grid References
General Index
Map of Civil Parishes

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