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Title: Aspects of land-use and settlement in prehistoric and historic Caithness
Author: Taylor, Helen M. S.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1990
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This is an examination of the major phases of land-use and settlement in Caithness. These have been considered to consist of four main chronological groups: firstly that dating from the Agrarian Revolution, a watershed in the agricultural history of the region, to modern times; secondly the traditional feudal farming systems up to the time of the Improvements; the third group is that associated with the Norse colonisation of the country; and fourthly the land-use and settlement evidenced by the extant prehistoric monuments. Each category was examined with reference to all available sources -documentary and toponymic as well as archaeological. The historically documented categories were examined in their own right and were also seen to cast light on earlier periods by revealing the effects of these later systems of land-use on the prehistoric distribution pattern. A database was formed of all prehistoric monuments with information on their recorded dimensions and positional attributes, such as altitude, aspect, land type and proximity to a water source, from which their lo-calional preferences could be obtained. In order to gauge the effects of later formation processes on the prehistoric landscape it was seen that to examine a broad chronological period was of value in regional studies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.662762  DOI: Not available
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