Forum Index > Representations of Water > Maps or visualisations of ancient waterways in Ceredigion

Alan Chamberlain 3 years ago
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First post, but interested if anyone has, or has seen anything relating to areas in Ceredigion where water was perhaps a feature of the landscape, but is no more? Visualisations or online maps would be great.

Also interested in the depth of Cardigan Bay over history

Good to see this project having some tie in to local areas in Ceredigion and Aber uni.
jude.macklin 3 years ago
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Title:       Afon Dyfi – tidally influenced

Media:    Woodcut, linocut and Chine Colle

Date:       2014

Size:        H42cm x W61cm


This watery landscape, captured and re-imaged using 21st century techniques,

has been 5,500 years in the making.


Digging deep below the surface to reconstruct the past, we endeavor to verify human stories of floods, myths and watery catastrophes.  Flying high to map by light and radar, we add layers to reveal river response to climate and land-use change, and how humanity has manipulated this environment.  It shows us how the force of the river alters and affects constantly its fluid relationship with humankind and heritage.


Walking the surface and devising a strategy for analyzing the visible and the imagined in 2D-3D-4D has been a collaborative venture for more than 10 years involving geomorphologists from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, led by Professor Mark G Macklin.  This work provides an opportunity to assimilate and represent its essence by cutting into wood and lino blocks, to ink, print and grow a re-imagined image to engage with a wider audience.

Mythscapes in the Watery Realm

Wales-Australia print exchange

This exhibition of work from printmakers based in Aberystwyth (Wales) and Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) is a collaborative project linking artistic communities from opposite sides of our planet. Led and fostered by Judy and Mark Macklin (artist and geomorphologist respectively, based at Aberystwyth University), this antipodean union has resulted in a highly innovative para-disciplinary programme focussing on floods, droughts, environmental change and the impact these have on people and culture.

An intensive period of research and development in February and March 2013 was funded by Wales Arts International and the Australian Research Council, and facilitated by Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, The Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, and Aberystwyth University.

Through the activity of printmaking, the participating artists were asked to explore the significance of river histories, particularly the legacy of catastrophic flood events, for communities. This highlights the often fickle relationship they have with the watery realm that can either sustain or destroy lifeways.

Judy Macklin, Aberystwyth, September 2014 

Alan Chamberlain 3 years ago
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Thanks Judy, I can see the work here: http://calendar.qcagriffith.com/event/exhibition-tbc-20/

What I/we've been looking at, is the notion of social innovation and the use of technology. 

We'd done some research work in Ceredigion, and previous to that I'd been discussing some work with Mike Pearson. I'd been doing some research around Pen Dinas and it was interesting to find out from a local residents (there are a few academics who live in 'the village') that a big section of it was in Penparcau village and after looking at the boundary map I found out that they were indeed right. Also interestingly so was a large section of Tan y Bwlch beach and 2 rivers. 

Anyway, Mike an I had discussed Iron Age sea and river levels and I wondered if anyone knew anything.
This myth kind of started of the discussion - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maelor_Gawr  there was something that was written down about people running over the sea that ought my interest. 

I just wondered how much water would have been around the settlement.  After chatting to some locals, it feels like still forms a border of sorts.
Boz Groden 3 years ago
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Hi , I,ve always been fascinated by what the river and beach situation resembled in Tan y Blwch and Borth before the relocation of the rivers, and how it would have affected the people and animals in the area.
 These early geoengineering projects, (im thinking 17th century ?) seem like the thin end of the wedge for our hubris with the planet. I love the fact that a look of Aberystwyth is literally built on the sand of a small estuaty system. I wonder what those old Presbyterians would make of that.

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