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O'Donnell Public Lecture 2013 - Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Tuesday, 7 May 2013 from 17:30 to 18:30 (BST)

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O’Donnell Lecture 2013

Speaker: Professor of Archaeology David Austin, University of Wales Trinity St Davids

Public Lecture title: 'English topography and Welsh Community: Reflections on studying the historic Welsh landscape'

Venue: Cardiff University, John Percival Building [formerly Humanities Building], Lecture Theatre 2.03 [2nd floor]

 

The O’Donnell lecture of 2013 is a conscious reflection on the experience of recording and analysing the evidence for the making of the Welsh upland landscape.  The methodological tradition of landscape archaeology is that of topographical writing stretching back to the beginnings of modern historical understanding in the Enlightenment and has become an internationally recognised English ‘Anglo-Saxon’ form of scholarship.  The application of this to the landscapes of central and west Wales has been problematical, however, and led to some false dawns.  The lecture explores how the topographical tradition needs to be adjusted to reflect the nature of Welsh culture and community.

 

Guest speaker biography

David Austin is Professor of Archaeology in the University of Wales Trinity St David where he was first appointed as a lecturer in 1976.  At core he is a landscape archaeologist with a specific interest in the later Middle Ages and the early modern era.  His work is interdisciplinary with the bulk of his publication concerned with exploring specific sites and buildings and placing them in landscape and social contexts.  These landscapes have been in the north and south-west of England, south-western Wales and south-eastern France, a majority of them concerning upland communities.  He has also had an interest in social theory as a means of providing insights into the complexity of writing about landscape and settlement development.  There has also been some media work, notably as one the first House Detectives.

 

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Darlith O’Donnell 2013

 

David Austin, Athro Archaeoleg, Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant


 

Teitl y Ddarlith Gyhoeddus:

'English topography and Welsh Community: Reflections on studying the historic Welsh landscape'

Mae Darlith O’Donnell 2013 yn mynd ati’n fwriadol i fyfyrio ar y profiad o gofnodi a dadansoddi’r dystiolaeth ynglŷn â llunio tirlun bryniau Cymru.  Ysgrifennu topograffig sy’n ymestyn nôl i ddechrau’r ddealltwriaeth hanesyddol fodern yng nghyfnod yr Oleuedigaeth yw traddodiad methodolegol archaeoleg y tirlun ac mae hyn wedi dod yn ysgolheictod ‘Eingl-Sacsonaidd’ Seisnig a gydnabyddir yn rhyngwladol.  Ond mae cymhwyso hyn at dirluniau’r Canolbarth a’r Gorllewin wedi peri problemau, ac wedi arwain at sawl cam gwag.  Mae’r ddarlith yn ystyried ym mha fodd y mae angen addasu’r traddodiad topograffig er mwyn adlewyrchu natur diwylliant a chymuned Cymru.

 

 Darlith am ddim, croeso i bawb

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David Austin yw Athro Archaeoleg Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant lle cafodd ei benodi gyntaf yn ddarlithydd ym 1976.  Archaeolegydd tirluniau ydyw yn y bôn ac mae ganddo ddiddordeb arbennig yn niwedd yr Oesoedd Canol a’r cyfnod modern cynnar.  Mae'n gwneud gwaith amlddisgyblaeth ac mae’r rhan fwyaf o’i gyhoeddiadau’n ymwneud ag archwilio safleoedd ac adeiladau penodol a’u gosod yng nghyd-destun y tirlun a’r gymdeithas.  Mae’r tirluniau hyn wedi’u lleoli yng ngogledd a de-orllewin Lloegr, de-orllewin Cymru a de-ddwyrain Ffrainc, a chymunedau tir uchel sydd dan sylw yn y mwyafrif ohonyn nhw.  Mae wedi ymddiddori hefyd mewn theori gymdeithasol fel modd i ddirnad cymhlethdod yr ysgrifennu am ddatblygu’r tirlun ac aneddiadau.  Mae wedi gwneud gwaith i’r cyfryngau hefyd, yn enwedig felly fel un o’r House Detectives cyntaf.

 

 

 

 


 

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John Percival Building

CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 7 May 2013 from 17:30 to 18:30 (BST)


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