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AbstractThe rich although very different literatures relating to two islands – Hirta (St Kilda) in north-west Scotland and the Great Blasket in western Ireland – are exploited in order to explore ideas about the cosmology of landscapes described as 'dangerous' because of the risks taken by men...
AbstractThe sea is not a palimpsest of human activity, in contrast with much of the land, but none the less both the sea, the foreshore and the coastal margin, when they are suitably observed and interpreted, contain clues to their exploitation in the past. Ships may penetrate beyond the coastal...
AbstractThe abundant work on the palaeoecology of the northern moorlands of England has been largely focussed on ecological processes. It has shown clearly the transition from tundra to deciduous forest and the impacts of human communities in changing those processes. Even the later...
AbstractA 1607 map of the farms in Scammonden is the starting point for an enquiry into the landscape history of a typical Pennine valley. A comparison with an Ordnance Survey map of 1908 shows little change to the basic framework of settlement. Exploration on the ground reveals much that is...
AbstractAerial Survey has developed its approaches and techniques over the past one hundred years so that it now integrates the results of reconnaissance with interpretative, analytical extensive surveys. This short article introduces the background to English Heritage's National Mapping...
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