The lost lochs of Scotland: tracking land-use change and its effects on the archaeological record

Stratigos, M. J. (2016) The lost lochs of Scotland: tracking land-use change and its effects on the archaeological record. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 16(1), pp. 33-51. (doi: 10.1080/14732971.2016.1248129)

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This paper examines how loch drainage in eighteenth and nineteenth century Scotland has shaped the archaeological record, with particular reference to lake dwellings known as ‘crannogs’. The analysis uses the Roy Military Survey of Scotland (1747–1755) as a baseline for charting changes to lacustrine environment through time. The work is unique for its scale which examines all of mainland Scotland, and the results have revealed unrecognized patterns in the timing and intensity of land-use changes that have impacted lacustrine environments. These patterns are linked to the development of archaeological investigation in Scotland demonstrating that the current distribution of crannogs across the country is an artefact of loch drainage and antiquarian investigation and not representative of the past distribution of these critical sites. This paper presents one way in which we can begin to account for these historic changes to land-use and their impact to our understanding of the archaeological record.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stratigos, Dr Michael
Authors: Stratigos, M. J.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Journal of Wetland Archaeology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):2051-6231
Published Online:11 November 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Journal of Wetland Archaeology 16(1): 33-51
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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