Welcome to the blog of the Gloucestershire cross-slab survey. Cross-slabs are a class of medieval stone grave markers which are decorated with a cross motif; they are most commonly found at churches and monastic sites, although some are held in museums. The survey aims to record all surviving medieval cross-slabs across Gloucestershire, compile a gazetteer database, and publish a corpus of Gloucestershire cross-slabs.

How to help, project team and contact details

How to help
The survey will be systematically looking at every church in Gloucestershire, however we would love to hear from those who know the churches best -the parishioners. If you know of cross-slabs in your local church, have found possible cross-slabs during renovation work, or are just interested in finding out more, then please get in touch by email to chiz@urban-archaeology.co.uk

Project team
Chiz Harward

Chiz Harward is a freelance professional archaeologist primarily specialising in the excavation and analysis of deeply stratified archaeological sites -'urban archaeology'. Chiz also has a long standing interest in ecclesiastical and monastic archaeology having worked on sites as diverse as the priory and hospital of St Mary Spital, London; Henry VII's Chapel, Westminster Abbey; Gloucester Cathedral and numerous parish churches, especially in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Chiz is specifically interested in some of the more ephemeral and personal remains found at such sites: graffiti, grave markers and memorials.

Chiz is also an archaeological illustrator, he lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Contact details
Please contact the project by email if you have any queries or information on cross-slabs, would like to help in any way, or are just interested in what we are doing:

Chiz's Urban Archaeology blog can be found here: http://urban-archaeology.blogspot.co.uk/http://urban-archaeology.blogspot.co.uk/

Any news from the cross-slab project will be shared on the Urban Archaeology Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Urban-Archaeology/385154018199682

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