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OVERARCHING AGENDA THEMES#

The published Research Assessment and Agenda defined a series of four overarching research themes and, within each of these, a number of sub-themes [1]. This useful scheme has been amplified here to take account of subsequent work and stakeholder comments, with further subdivision of certain themes and the addition of an environmental research theme. For ease of reference, these overarching research themes are presented here in a tabular format with indications of period correlations.

Period/Overarching themes Palaeolithic Mesolithic Neolithic to MBA LBA and Iron Age Romano-British Early Medieval High Medieval Post-Medieval Modern
Environment
Pleistocene and Holocene climatic change (as evidenced, for example, by palaeochannel deposits)
Potential impact of future climate change upon the environment and the historic environment resource
Changes in sea level, configuration of sea and land, drainage networks and spatial extent of wetlands
Submergence of Doggerland
The impact of human activity upon woodland clearance and other changes in the regional vegetation
The impact of human activity upon soil development and geomorphic processes (e.g. alluviation)
Exploitation and settlement of diverse ecological zones

Period/Overarching themes Palaeolithic Mesolithic Neolithic to MBA LBA and Iron Age Romano-British Early Medieval High Medieval Post-Medieval Modern
Settlement
Distribution, density and character of hunter-gatherer cave and open sites
Development of agriculturally-based settlement patterns
Growth of urban centres and settlement hierarchies
Relationships between town and country
Vernacular building traditions

Period/Overarching themes Palaeolithic Mesolithic Neolithic to MBA LBA and Iron Age Romano-British Early Medieval High Medieval Post-Medieval Modern
Food procurement strategies
Hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies and mobility patterns
Transition from hunter-gatherer to agricultural subsistence strategies
Developments in crop and animal husbandry and changes in diet and health
The Agricultural Revolution and the industrialisation of agriculture

Period/Overarching themes Palaeolithic Mesolithic Neolithic to MBA LBA and Iron Age Romano-British Early Medieval High Medieval Post-Medieval Modern
The rural landscape
The development of fields and field systems
The development of parks, gardens and estates
Systems of woodland management
Development of monastic estates and post-Dissolution developments

Period/Overarching themes Palaeolithic Mesolithic Neolithic to MBA LBA and Iron Age Romano-British Early Medieval High Medieval Post-Medieval Modern
Industry, craft and trade
Systems of artefact production and exchange (lithics, pottery, metals, etc)
The origins and development of the Industrial Revolution
Environmental impacts of industrialisation
Industrial building traditions

Period/Overarching themes Palaeolithic Mesolithic Neolithic to MBA LBA and Iron Age Romano-British Early Medieval High Medieval Post-Medieval Modern
Communications
The role of rivers as movement corridors, sources of power and socio-political boundaries
The role of coastwise routeways
Constructed routeways: wooden or brushwood trackways, roads, canals, tramways and railways
Riverine and maritime waterborne transport

Period/Overarching themes Palaeolithic Mesolithic Neolithic to MBA LBA and Iron Age Romano-British Early Medieval High Medieval Post-Medieval Modern
Social, religious and political structures
Development of prehistoric monument complexes
Development of funerary monuments and changing burial and memorial practices
Development and use of shrines, temples, churches, monasteries and other religious buildings
Development and use of defended sites (hillforts, castles, etc)
Battlefield and skirmish sites
Development of territorial and administrative (e.g. parish) boundaries
Social and religious building traditions
[#1] Cooper, N J 2006 'Cross-period research and the foundation of a research strategy' in The Archaeology of the East Midlands, 287-291
Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire: Elizabethan manor house, Augustinian priory church, medieval village earthworks and parkland features form just some of the elements of a landscape palimpsest preserving plentiful opportunities for the investigation of cross-period themes (© National Trust)
Image 7.1 Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire




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