Yesterday, I presented a talk to the Flintshire U3A with an audience of c. 35, presenting the ‘Smiling Abbot’ monument. The audience were very appreciative and had many questions following my explanation of how this fabulous early 14th-century effigial grave-slab was rediscovered in 2016. It is unique to Wales, and perhaps Britain, commemorating a Cistercian abbot in this medium, and with a distinctive smile too. The results of my researches, supported by David Crane, Gillian Smith and Aaron Watson, were published late last year online in the Archaeological Journal.  They joined vol. 175 part 1 in January 2018. You can see Aaron’s 3D scan of the slab here.

I came home from the talk to find to my delight that the postman had brought publication of this article, since it has now joined volume 175 of the Archaeological Journal for 2018. This is first volume of the Archaeological Journal to be published by my successor as Honorary Editor, Dr Lise-Marie Shillito.

Also in the same volume is another article I co-authored and published with Katy Meyers Emery. Titled: ‘A Place to Rest your (Burnt) bones‘, the article explores the significance of ‘mortuary houses’ in early Anglo-Saxon England and, again, came out online but now appears in print in volume 175.

Together, I’m delighted to see these two in print and together, thus wrapping up my ’17/’18 academic year nicely.