A Corpus of Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture in Wales: South-West Wales

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Inscribed stones and stone sculpture form the most prolific body of material evidence from early medieval Wales, c. AD 400–1100. Crucial to our understanding of the region’s degree of continuity with the preceding Roman culture, Irish settlement, and the development of the early Welsh kingdoms, these Latin or Old Irish inscribed memorial stones instruct us on the language, literacy, and development of the church, among other areas. These two volumes allow us to identify a range of early medieval ecclesiastical sites within a wider landscape and the trace the church’s patronage by the secular elite. Accompanied by more than 170 line drawings and elaborate illustrations, this corpus provides fresh new studies of these aspects, revised interpretations of the stones, and many previously unpublished and newly discovered examples.

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Meet the Author

Nancy Edwards is reader in archaeology in the Department of History and Welsh History at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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Table of Contents

List of figures (and tables)
List of catalogue illustrations
Preface and acknowledgements
1. Historical and archaeological background to the monuments
2. Earlier research
3. Geological sources and selection of stone
4. The early inscribed stones
5. Forms of sculpture
6. Distribution, context and function of the sculpture
7. The ornament and iconography of the sculpture
8. The scupture: regional and local groups
9. Sculpture: the inscriptions
10. The Celtic language of the inscriptions and their chronology
11. The development and chronology of early medieval stone-carving in south-west Wales
Organization of the catalogue
Conventions for editing the texts of inscriptions
Linguistic abbreviations
List of all monuments in the catalogue

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