Warwick Alumni Return to Work on Research Project
Three Warwick graduates have been back to work on the Pontigny project with Dr Jenny Alexander of the History of Art department and Prof. Terryl Kinder of Pontigny. Rosie Harris Adamson and Lucy Henderson were awarded scholarships for the URSS Pontigny Project in 2011 and they were joined by Agatha Gomolka, a MA student from the department, who is now working on her PhD. Another Pontigny Project team member, Roo Alexander-Jones, the team's film maker, who graduated from Oxford Brookes university last summer, completed the team. The project was funded by a travel grant from the Society for Medieval Archaeology, with the support of Les Amis de Pontigny, and it has made a major contribution to the study and understanding of this important early-Gothic building in its 800th anniversary year.
The team was trying out some new equipment derived from the optics used by bird-watchers and for the first time it was possible to find and record the marks made by the stonemasons who built the vaults high up in the building. The results are now being processed, but it is already clear that the team's work has provided vital new evidence about the relationship between the high vaults and the main stucture of the building, and this will resolve a long-standing question about Cistercian builders and their place in early-Gothic architecture.