Long term settlement patterns in East Lothian, Scotland (2015-2016)

From points to pattern, and pattern to population: long term settlement patterns in East Lothian, Scotland, PhD research Dave Cowley

The study area in East Lothia has an extensive settlement record, much of which is derived from aerial reconnaissance
The study area in East Lothia has an extensive settlement record, much of which is derived from aerial reconnaissance
This project explores the long term settlement trajectories and population levels of a study area in south-east Scotland (East Lothian c. 40 x 25 km) between about 1000 BC and AD 1000. Significant changes in the record are evident during this period, including fluctuations between enclosed and unenclosed settlement, dramatic variability in the archaeological visibility of sites and significant changes in landscape organisation. Analysis of the character of survey data collected over the last 70 years, largely through aerial reconnaissance, including assessment of bias from survey methodology, soil types and land use, aims to establish its reliability for reconstructing changing settlement and demographic patterns. The study will also assimilate excavated data, chronological information and analysis of settlement morphology and distributions to develop a number of explicit models of settlement character. Issues of continuity/discontinuity and duration of site occupations will be assessed alongside the spatial and chronological patterning of the data. These analyses will be used to propose models for population levels over the 2000 year period.

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Prof. dr. Jean Bourgeois

Dave Cowley is connected to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland