‘Layers in the Landscape’ Winter Exhibition officially opened by Prof. Mererid Hopwood


UWTSD’s ‘Layers in the Landscape’ Winter Exhibition was officially opened this week by Professor Mererid Hopwood. 

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In keeping with Year of Legends and Year of the Sea, this exhibition showcases some of the work produced as part of ‘Layers in the Landscape’, which is an ongoing interdisciplinary project by Erin Kavanagh. Part of this research was funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF), including a short film documenting the ways in which participants from the arts, humanities and sciences worked together in response to the lost landscapes of Cardigan Bay. This film was shown ahead of the official opening, explaining how the project came into being.

Following the exhibition launch invitees enjoyed a performance by Three Legg’d Mare, who presented the latest branch of this research through a song based upon the myth poem, ‘King of the Sea Trees’, about a creature who has seen everything that has ever happened to this coastline across millennia.

Central to the display at the University’s Lampeter campus is the set of Bronze Age Red Deer antlers which were first spotted on the beach at Borth, West Wales by visitors, Julien Culham and Sharon Davies-Culham.  Rather than attempting to remove the skull from the beach, they reported it to the Royal Commission in Aberystwyth who in turn alerted Dr Martin Bates from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) who’s been studying the area for many years.  The deer in question is now known to have lived and died somewhere between 1200 and 1000 BC - the middle part of the Bronze Age. 

Professor Mererid Hopwood from the University’s Faculty of Education and Communities is also a well-known poet who has won the Chair and Crown for poetry at the National Eisteddfod as well as the National Prose Medal.  She said: 

“As Successful Futures, the new school curriculum, places emphasis on work that crosses the traditional subject boundaries, it’s good to see UWTSD developing a project that shows exactly how the Arts and Geography, Science and History and a whole range of other subjects weave into one another to tie the local with the global and create an engaging and valuable learning experience.”

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Based at the University’s Lampeter campus, geoarchaeologist Dr Martin Bates has a research focus in soils and sediments from archaeological sites and the geoscience of submerged landscapes. Dr Martin Bates’ work in Cardigan Bay is part of a series of investigations undertaken by staff at UWTSD into the forest and its environs.   He said“It was great that there was a real range of people present for the event, including some of our Level 6 students wanting to participate in the project.”

Erin Kavanagh specialises in interdisciplinary practice, narrative and archaeological representation. She added: "It was fantastic to finally see my research displayed where it began. My thanks goes to the 80 plus people who have been involved so far, here's to another 80!"

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Further Information

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