Late Iron Age territorial oppida in Southern Britain: a reinterpretation using new data collected from aerial photographs and lidar.
Analysing the landscapes of My research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. It focusses on the landscapes of territorial oppida in southern Britain. Oppida appear between the late 2nd century BC and early 1st century AD in Britain, the late Iron Age. Territorial oppida are characterised as being large in size, associated with substantial linear earthworks or dykes, and with a range of social and economic functions which relate to their position as important political centres or focal places for communities. My research focusses on three such sites in southern Britain: Chichester, Colchester and Silchester. While some landscape-scale surveys have been undertaken, the features of territorial oppida have tended to be studied in isolation and, often, without using airborne remote sensing methods either to examine the sites themselves or their environs. Considerable information can be added even to well-studied sites by making connections between them and their landscape settings using information derived from aerial photograph and lidar interpretation.
I have a BA in archaeology from the University of Durham (First Class), completed after returning to study as a mature student following a career as a television news researcher. I also hold an MA (with Distinction) in Landscape Archaeology from the University of Bristol. I subsequently worked on landscape-scale aerial photographic interpretation projects for Somerset County Council (Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels), Cornwall Council (including New Forest and South Downs National Park) and the University of Reading (Silchester Environs Project). I also spent three years as the Greater London HER Officer. I'm currently in the third year of my PhD research. I have given several papers on my research and produced posters, two which won competition prizes at: Chartered Institute for Archaeologists 2019 Conference Early Years Researcher Session and the SAGES 2019 Conference. My interest in aerial remote sensing techniques for archaeology has also led me to present training sessions in lidar for CBA South East.
- Late Iron Age.
- Landscape archaeology.
- Remote Sensing.