“Placing the Pillar of Eliseg” article gets a Prize from the Society for Medieval Archaeology

Earlier this year, Dr Patricia Murrieta-Flores and I had an article published in the pages of the peer-reviewed academic journal Medieval Archaeology. Funded by the ERC Past in its Place project and building off fieldwork by Project Eliseg our article was called ‘Placing the Pillar of Eliseg’.

The article is available here. It investigates the landscape context of the unique 9th-century monument, arguing that its location was significant in relation to movement and memory.

The Society for Medieval Archaeology awarded us with their 2017 Martyn Jope Award for the “best novel interpretation, application of analytical method or presentation of new findings published in its journal.”

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Professor Carenza Lewis, President of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, with Howard at the SMA AGM where the award was presented.

Paty and I were very pleased to receive the award. While Paty was unable to travel down to London to receive the award in person, yesterday I was congratulated by the SMA President: Professor Carenza Lewis at the Society’s AGM.

As well as receiving the award, the AGM invovled 3 superb short talks by James Graham-Campbell, David Petts and Hugh Willmott and I got to catch up with, and meet for the first time, some fabulous medieval archaeologists. I also had the pleasure of exploring the BM, acquiring some fabulous books and, most significant of all, acquiring a Viking duck!

Of course the real winner isn’t Paty or me, but the Pillar of Eliseg itself. This is a distinctive monument, a rare example of a surviving 9th-century stone monument in its original context, and one that has suffered from neglect as well as now misleading new heritage signs. The more that people can read and learn about this fabulous monument, the better.

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