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213 pages

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Published Apr 2015

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784911089

Digital: 9781784911096

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An Anatomy of a Priory Church: The Archaeology, History and Conservation of St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny

Edited by George Nash

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Based on documentary evidence, the Priory Church of St Marys in Abergavenny has been a place of worship since the late 11th century; this book traces the archaeology, history and conservation of this most impressive building, delving deep into its anatomy.



An Anatomy of a Priory Church: Contextualising St Mary’s, Abergavenny (George Nash) ;

Church and Settlement: St Mary’s Priory and the Archaeology of the Town (Frank Olding) ;

Establishing Strong Roots: The Medieval History of St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny (Kay Blackwell and Trefor Morris) ;

The History of the Conservation of the Priory Fabric (P. M. Bartosch) ;

St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny – Monument Conservation (Michael Eastham) ;

The History and Conservation of the Choir Stalls (Hugh Harrison) ;

A 15th Century Oak Figure of Jesse: An Account of its Technical Examination and Conservation (Carol Galvin) ;

Unlocking the Anatomy of a Medieval Priory Church: The Archaeology (George Nash) ;

Reflections on the History, Function and Survival of St Mary’s Jesse (Muriel Adams) ;

Commemoration and Culture: the monuments of Abergavenny Priory in context (Rhianydd Biebrach) ;

The Structural Conservation of St Mary’s Tithe Barn (Huw Evans Johns) ;

Fire, Stone and Revenge: The Archaeology behind the Turbulent History of the Tithe Barn (George Nash) ;

The Way Forward: The Conservation Management Plan (Harvey Faulkner-Aston)

About the Author

George Nash is an Associate Professor at Geosciences Centre of Coimbra University ITM (Earth and Memory Institute), Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (IPT), Portugal, as well as working for SLR Consulting, an environmental planning consultancy based in the UK. His academic specialisms include the study of prehistoric and contemporary art, prehistoric architecture, mortuary practices, and buildings. In the past George has been involved in a number of major rock-art recording and interpretation projects, the most recent being in the Central Negev region of southern Israel and in central Andean Chile. In his native Wales, he is convener for the Welsh Rock art Organisation (WRAO). In addition to fieldwork, he has written, edited and co-edited many books on prehistoric art and monumentality, and written and presented programmes on European rock-art and contemporary graffiti for the BBC.