IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 610: Cistercian Architecture and Landscape

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses
Organiser:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Moderator/Chair:David N. Bell, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Paper 610-aNew Ideas on the Start and Finish of Kirkstead Abbey
(Language: English)
Glyn Coppack, Archaeological & Historical Research, Goxhill
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 610-bThe Architectural Development of 12th-Century Kirkstead
(Language: English)
Stuart Harrison, Ryedale Archaeology Services, Pickering
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 610-cThe Landscapes of Cistercian Sheep Farming in Yorkshire
(Language: English)
Stephen Anthony Moorhouse, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Economics - Rural, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

The archaeology of landscape as well as of buildings will be presented in this session. Kirkstead Abbey will be re-examined from both documentary and architectural points of view. The documentary history does not appear to agree with the architectural detail that survives from the site. Although only one wall remains, careful study of an earthwork survey, refined by a site survey, allows the recovery of the whole claustral plan of this important abbey, a major monument in the development of early Gothic in the north of England. The importance of wool production to the Cistercians is well known, and the earthwork remains in Yorkshire allow analysis of extensive grazing pastures, along with the wide range of buildings and other features.