Two bits of great news regarding the Smiling Abbot.

First, I’ve just had official word from the Honorary Editor of the Archaeological Journal that the article is formally accepted for publication. Following rigorous peer-review and significance changes to the piece, the approved title and abstract are:

The Smiling Abbot: Rediscovering a Unique Medieval Effigial Slab

Howard Williams, Gillian Smith, David Crane, and Aaron Watson

The article reports on a newly re-discovered fragment of a recumbent effigial slab, commemorating Abbot Hywel (‘Howel’) most likely an abbot of the Cistercian house of Valle Crucis, near Llangollen (Denbighs.). The slab was probably carved very early in the fourteenth century, and could have covered the abbot’s burial place. The stone was dislocated and fragmented at an unknown point in the abbey’s history, most likely removed from the site during the nineteenth-century clearance of the abbey ruins. It was briefly reported on in 1895 and has been lost to scholarship subsequently.

See my previous blog posts for comments and discussions during the research and writing process:

3D Abbot!

The second piece of good news is that Dr Aaron Watson has created a fabulous annotated 3D photogrammatic model of the Smiling Abbot to support the journal article. You can view it here: