The Whittlewood Project: Medieval Settlements and Landscapes in the Whittlewood Area

Christopher Dyer, Richard Jones, Mark Page, 2005

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Introduction

The digital archive was created during the course of the ARHB- (now AHRC) funded Whittlewood Project which ran between 2000 and 2005. The principal aim of this project was to explore the origins and development of a group of rural settlements in the Central Midlands which adopted both nucleated and dispersed forms, and to explore the reasons for this divergence. These forms, which began to crystallize in the period between AD 805 and 1250 were examined in the longer context of settlement development from the Mesolithic to the present day, and their broader landscape setting. The project adopted an interdisciplinary approach, primarily using historical and archaeological data supplemented by evidence from buildings survey, place-names, and the palaeoenvironmental record. The digital archive complements a series of other publications written by the core team which have appeared since 2000.

The digital archive contains a variety of electronically generated files, including working papers, drafts of publications, notes, transcripts of historical documents, reports of archaeological fieldwork, databases of archaeological finds, raw and processed data from earthwork and geophysical survey, GIS files, illustrations, images and video clips. The main core of the archive was created by the core team of historians and archaeologists, but to this have been added specialist reports and individual pieces of work written or undertaken by other individuals. Issues of photograph copyright and client confidentiality, however, preclude the full deposit of all digital resources.

Preparation of the archive and associated electronic publication was assisted by a grant from the AHRC under the ICT Strategy programme.