20th June 2016
Ahead of its official launch in August 2016, the research team attached to the project Flood and Flow: Place-Names and the Changing Hydrology of River-Systems met up to discuss the project's terms of reference and the hypotheses which will be tested. Bringing together place-names specialists, landscape historians and geoarchaeologists, this project will study the ecological information contained within historical place-names and explore the human adaptation to and management of water in the early medieval period.
Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the two-year project is a collaboration between the University of Leicester's Centre for English Local History;the Institute for Name-Studies at Nottingham, the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies; and the University of Southampton's School of Geography.
Gloucester Services, a motorway service area with a green roof designed to help it blend in with the surrounding Cotswolds landscape, was chosen as a convenient meeting point for the project team. By happy coincidence, the location was only a few miles from the River Severn, which will be the focus of the project's regional case study!
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Posted on Tuesday 28th June 2016