An archaeological analysis of industrialisation within the rural context of post-Medieval south west Scotland
This thesis details the archaeological remains of the period 1600-1870 by focusing on the landscapes of transformation within the county of Ayrshire, south west Scotland. It presents an alternative view to the understanding of the industrial and agricultural past by employing a theoretical structure which bonds together Industrial Archaeology and Medieval or Later Rural Settlement studies in a bid to develop a more integrated appreciation of the history of the recent past. The theoretical model of vernacular and political landscapes, combined with landscape studies and archaeological assessment are presented as key mechanisms for interpretation of this period. Analysis is concentrated across a wide variety of remains from postimprovement settlement studies to the archaeology of domestic and mass production industries. This holistic approach is proposed as central to a clearer comprehension of the complexities of landscape history and historical archaeology.