IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 510: The Handwriting on the Wall: Pontigny - A Case Study

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses
Organisers:Jenny Alexander, Department of the History of Art, University of Warwick
Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Moderator/Chair:David N. Bell, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Paper 510-aReading the Walls: Deciphering the Ciphers and Masons' Marks at Pontigny
(Language: English)
Jenny Alexander, Department of the History of Art, University of Warwick
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 510-bLearning from the Walls
(Language: English)
Rose Harris Adamson, Department of the History of Art, University of Warwick
Lucy Henderson, Department of the History of Art, University of Warwick
Gabriella Marchini, Department of the History of Art, University of Warwick
Rosemary Alexander-Jones, Department of Film Studies, Oxford Brookes University
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 510-cTranslating the Walls: Interpreting the Finds at Pontigny
(Language: English)
Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

In addition to studying the stones of a medieval building (type, shape, size, tooling marks…) and their assembly (mortar, coursing…), other examples of writing – either at the time they were cut, or before or after assembly – can lead the careful observer to a more detailed understanding of life inside a monastery. Using these means, a team from the University of Warwick has been scrutinizing the walls of Pontigny Abbey. An explanation of historical and archeological questions, methodologies used, and some tentative conclusions will be presented here.