‘Layers in the Landscape’ Winter Exhibition to open at UWTSD


Members of staff from the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts at UWTSD are preparing for the opening of ‘The Layers in the Landscape’ Winter exhibition on the Lampeter campus next month.

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In keeping with Year of Legends and Year of the Sea, this exhibition will showcase 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) and includes 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 will also be shown during an extended seminar ahead of the exhibition opening, explaining how the project came into being, chaired by Professor Mererid Hopwood.   In the evening there will be a performance by Three Legg’d Mare, who will be presenting the latest branch of this research through a song based upon the myth poem, ‘King of the Sea Trees’ which is about a creature who has seen everything that has ever happened to this coastline across millennia.

Central to the display will be 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. 

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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: “When I recovered the antlers from the sea, my first thought was: ‘how would we be able to use them to extend our knowledge of the ways in which the past landscape around Borth had developed? What I didn’t realise at the time was the extent to which they were to inspire so much more; elements of which are captured in the ‘Layers’ project.”

Erin Kavanagh specialises in interdisciplinary practice, narrative and archaeological representation. She added: “Our exhibition at Borth Station Museum this summer was a huge success, with over 3,000 visitors in two months. Now we’re heading south to Lampeter, taking the responses from both locals and visitors with us, creating a new layer in the unfolding story of our stormy Welsh sea.”


Note to Editor

Where: Old Building, Lampeter Campus, UWTSD, SA48 7ED

When: Opens 3rd November 2017.

Order of events: 16.00-18.00hrs: Extended seminar and film, Founders Library (all welcome)

                                18.00-19.00hrs: Exhibition launch and refreshments, Cloisters (all welcome)

                                20.00-22.00hrs: Three Legg’d Mare and cash bar, Old Hall (donations)

Contacts: kingoftheseatrees@gmail.com and m.bates@uwtsd.ac.uk

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