As you will recall from previous blog entries, over the last 14 months I’ve been slowly researching and writing an article on ‘The Smiling Abbot’: a fragment of early 14th-century effigial slab thought to derive from Valle Crucis Abbey and commemorating Abbot Hywel of that house. I’ve previously posted about the:
- initial discovery and inferences;
- my second attempts at photography to support the planned article;
- the submission of the article for consideration by a national academic journal;
- the article has been accepted for publication (subject to revisions) in the Archaeological Journal. I went back to Llangollen with my friend and archaeological-artist Dr Aaron Watson to take new photos to create a photogrammetric model and higher quality well-lit still photographs to support the article.
Now I’d like to reveal one of the results of Aaron’s photography, which are a vast improvement on my earlier attempts. Well done Aaron, whose observations of the stone have won him a co-authorship in addition to his technical work with the photography.
So I need now to wrap this article up and need only a few more days of work to do so! Hopefully the revised article will be accepted for publication, or else I have an improved article to take elsewhere. Either way, the abbot keeps on smiling!