Placing the Pillar of Eliseg: Movement, Visibility and Memory in the Early Medieval Landscape

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620515
Title:
Placing the Pillar of Eliseg: Movement, Visibility and Memory in the Early Medieval Landscape
Authors:
Murrieta-Flores, Patricia ( 0000-0001-9904-0288 ) ; Williams, Howard ( 0000-0003-3510-6852 )
Abstract:
The landscape context of the early 9th-century monument known as the Pillar of Eliseg is interrogated here for the first time with GIS-based analysis and innovative spatial methodologies. Our interpretation aims to move beyond regarding the Pillar as a prominent example of early medieval monument reuse and a probable early medieval assembly site. We demonstrate that the location and topographical context of the cross and mound facilitated the monument’s significance as an early medieval locus of power, faith and commemoration in a contested frontier zone. The specific choice of location is shown to relate to patterns of movement and visibility that may have facilitated and enhanced the ceremonial and commemorative roles of the monument. By shedding new light on the interpretation of the Pillar of Eliseg as a node of social and religious aggregation and ideological power, our study has theoretical and methodological implications for studying the landscape contexts of early medieval stone monuments.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Murrieta-Flores, P., & Williams, H. (2017). Placing the Pillar of Eliseg: Movement, Visibility and Memory in the Early Medieval Landscape. Medieval Archaeology, 61(1), 69-103. DOI: 10.1080/00766097.2017.1295926
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis/Society for Medieval Archaeology
Journal:
Medieval Archaeology
Publication Date:
19-Jun-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620515
DOI:
10.1080/00766097.2017.1295926
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00766097.2017.1295926
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Medieval Archaeology on 19/06/2017, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00766097.2017.1295926
EISSN:
1745-817X
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorMurrieta-Flores, Patriciaen
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Howarden
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-26T14:21:14Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-26T14:21:14Z-
dc.date.issued2017-06-19-
dc.identifier.citationMurrieta-Flores, P., & Williams, H. (2017). Placing the Pillar of Eliseg: Movement, Visibility and Memory in the Early Medieval Landscape. Medieval Archaeology, 61(1), 69-103. DOI: 10.1080/00766097.2017.1295926en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00766097.2017.1295926-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620515-
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Medieval Archaeology on 19/06/2017, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00766097.2017.1295926-
dc.description.abstractThe landscape context of the early 9th-century monument known as the Pillar of Eliseg is interrogated here for the first time with GIS-based analysis and innovative spatial methodologies. Our interpretation aims to move beyond regarding the Pillar as a prominent example of early medieval monument reuse and a probable early medieval assembly site. We demonstrate that the location and topographical context of the cross and mound facilitated the monument’s significance as an early medieval locus of power, faith and commemoration in a contested frontier zone. The specific choice of location is shown to relate to patterns of movement and visibility that may have facilitated and enhanced the ceremonial and commemorative roles of the monument. By shedding new light on the interpretation of the Pillar of Eliseg as a node of social and religious aggregation and ideological power, our study has theoretical and methodological implications for studying the landscape contexts of early medieval stone monuments.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis/Society for Medieval Archaeologyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00766097.2017.1295926en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectPillar of Elisegen
dc.subjectProject Elisegen
dc.subjectVale of Llangollenen
dc.subjectOffa's Dykeen
dc.subjectWat's Dykeen
dc.subjectAssembly placesen
dc.subjectMovementen
dc.subjectMemoryen
dc.titlePlacing the Pillar of Eliseg: Movement, Visibility and Memory in the Early Medieval Landscapeen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1745-817X-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalMedieval Archaeologyen
dc.date.accepted2017-02-13-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderERCen
rioxxterms.identifier.projectThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) ERC grant ‘The Past in its Place’ (agreement no 284085).en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-12-19-
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