My research interests include Holocene palaeoenvironmental and palaeo-oceanographic change, integration of geophysical and geotechnical data to model prehistoric landscapes, prehistoric seafaring, and understanding the changing relationships between people, land and sea throughout prehistory. In particular I work on acquisition and integration of diverse datasets through use of advanced computational systems; from data capture in the field through to modelling in the laboratory. Within all of this work my interest remains focused on what the products of these methods offer us in terms of improving our understanding of past societies.
Affiliate research group(s)
Archaeological Computing,Southampton Ceramics Research Group
The Stepping Stones project, directed by Duncan Garrow (University of Liverpool) and Fraser Sturt (University of Southampton), aims to answer important research questions about the arrival of the Neolithic in and around Britain and Ireland c. 4000 BC.
This project seeks to resolve the context, nature and significance of a number of recent spectacular underwater discoveries of complete and near complete Neolithic (c.4000-2500BC) pottery vessels from lochs in Lewis, Outer Hebrides. Their submerged contexts have led to an exceptional degree of preservation, allowing both radiocarbon dating and potential residue analysis. While significant in their own right, these finds are more exceptional for the questions they raise, and the potential they indicate for the islands’ lochs to transform our understanding of the Neolithic.
Dr Fraser Sturt
Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
Telephone:(023) 8059 9422
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