Medieval Floodplain Change and the Development of Early Tavistock (Tavistock Branch)
Fri. 26 April 2024 at 7:30 pm
£2 – £3
Dr Sharon J Gedye is a lecturer at the University of the West of England and is an experienced HE educator and researcher.
This talk will question ideas about early medieval settlement in Tavistock from a hydrological perspective. Our rivers and floodplains feel like very natural parts of our landscape onto which built places developed. There is limited appreciation of how different our rivers and floodplains were in the past. Drawing on palaeoenvironmental evidence, this talk will explain how and why our rivers have altered since the last ice-age, but particularly over the last two thousand years. It will explore the implications of this for medieval floodplain development, supported by a number of case study examples.
Tavistock is used as the focus of this talk, but the ideas presented have wider applicability particularly in regard to how our rivers have changed since the last ice age and challenge us to reconsider how we view our contemporary rivers and floodplains.
DA members £2, non-members are welcome at £3. Refreshments included.
(Note that this is a change from the talk previously advertised for this date)