Modelling the Stratigraphy and Geoarchaeology of English Valley Systems

Quintijn Clevis, Greg Tucker, Gary Lock, Arnaud Desitter, 2006 (updated 2008)

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Overview

The main objectives of the project were (a) to explain the origins of observed geomorphic change (e.g., episodic alluviation in valley systems) and in particular explore potential impacts of hillslope land-clearance on alluviation and flood frequency in valleys; to examine the implications of such change for erosion, burial, and visibility of archaeological remains; and to take advantage of the modeling technology to communicate the dynamics of alluvial geomorphology by producing an animated sequence showing erosion, alluviation, and river channel change over time.

The digital archive

The digital archive currently consists of the following resources:

  • Clevis,Q., Tucker,G.E., Lock,G. and Desitter, A. 2004: Modelling the Sratigraphy and Geoarchaeology of English Valley Systems. ALSF Project 3299. Final Report as submitted to English Heritage.

The archive also includes the animations developed to show the three valley evolution scenarios discussed in the final project report:

Scenario 1: steady aggradation

  • Floodplain evolution
  • Channel sands (transverse section)
  • Channel sands (longitudinal section)
  • Cultural material density

Scenario 2: Pomme de Terre River incision/aggradation history

  • Floodplain evolution
  • Sediment age distribution in subsurface
  • Cultural material density in subsurface
  • Channel sands

Scenario 3: incision/aggradation history based on oxygen isotope curve

  • Floodplain evolution
  • Sediment age distribution in subsurface
  • Cultural material density in subsurface
  • Channel sands

Non-digital Archive and Publications

In addition to the reports contained within the digital archive the project also produced the following outputs:

Journal Articles
Clevis,Q., Tucker,G.E., Lancaster,S.T., Desitter,A., Gaspirini,N. and Lock,G. in press. A simple algorithm for the mapping of TIN data onto a static grid: Applied to the strataigraphic simulation of river meander deposits. Computers and Geosciences. v.32,p. 749-766.
Clevis,Q., Tucker,G.E, Lock,G., Lancaster,S.T., Gasparini,N., Desitter,A., and Bras,R.L. 2006: Geoarchaeological simulation of meandering river deposits and settlement distributions; a three dimensional approach. Geoarchaeology. v.21, no.8, p.843-874
Lectures / Seminars
Paper at CAA 2004 (Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference)