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Research Group: Prehistoric Landscapes, Monuments and Materialities

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Researchers in the Prehistoric Landscapes, Monuments and Materialities group are engaged in developing knowledge on prehistoric lifeways, materials, crafts and identities, monumentality, landscape, and the evolution of creativity.

Research on prehistoric societies, landscapes and materialities draws upon innovative scientific analyses, fieldwork, cutting-edge theory and interpretation to develop sophisticated understanding of prehistoric communities in Europe and beyond. Current research is focused on understanding:

  • Human mobility and lifeways through the application of isotopic analysis
  • Craft and making
  • Landscape inhabitation and monumentality during the Neolithic
  • Image making in later prehistory
  • Material culture, technology and evolutionary process

Key Projects

Directed by Pollard, the AHRC-funded Living with Monuments Project is investigating the relationship between landscape occupation and monument building in the Avebury World Heritage Site.

Combining underwater, aerial and ground based survey, and excavation, the AHRC-funded Submerged Neolithic of the Western Isles project is investigating a new type of Neolithic (c.4000–2200 BC) site: manmade and modified islands, or crannogs. The project is co-directed by Sturt.

Applications for Postgraduate study that explore the themes of the Prehistoric Landscapes, Monuments and Materialities group are very welcome.

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