IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 337: Cistercians, III: Kirkstall Abbey Guest House - A Multi-Disciplinary Investigation

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses
Organiser:Richard Thomason, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:David N. Bell, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Paper 337-aThe Structural Development of Kirkstall Abbey Guest House
(Language: English)
Stuart Wrathmell, West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 337-bThe Small Finds and Material Culture of Kirkstall Abbey Guest House
(Language: English)
Holly Duncan, Albion Archaeology, Central Bedfordshire Council
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 337-cIdentifying Guests of Kirkstall Abbey in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Richard Thomason, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

The guest house is an oft-neglected building within the monastic precinct, either because of its ruinous nature or because its true function has not been identified. The Kirkstall guest house is rich not only because of its standing remains, but also for its wealth of small finds. The material culture excavated there provides clues as to who the guests were and what they did, but they also permit comparison and evaluation in the light of other religious and secular sites across the country. The combination of architectural remains and material culture of Kirkstall Abbey guest house means that an image of the social status of people who used the guest house and what they did there can be reconstructed.