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Title: Transient trajectories : modelling movement and connectivity in the Neolithic of the Outer Hebrides
Author: Blankshein, Stephanie Lee
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2019
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Islands and archipelagos have long fascinated humankind. Often viewed as bounded and isolated, given the right conditions and technology, their true nature may be far more complex. Such is case with the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, where a robust Neolithic archaeological record evidences varying degrees of movement that would have transcended not only a range of temporal and spatial scales but also environments. As movement itself leaves little archaeological trace, exploring the connectivity of these complex island communities requires innovative methodologies that can cope with the transience of movement as well as its different milieus. Using a least-cost approach, established for terrestrial movement and adapted to seafaring, a more holistic digital analysis was developed that allowed for movement to be modelled through both milieus and connected within the maritime landscape. Whilst the modelled pathways highlight the varying trajectories of Neolithic movement that would have occurred in response to a geographically and temporally constrained environment, they conversely reveal a strong continuity of practice and significance of place that together would have engendered complex patterns of mobility and social connectivity within the Outer Hebrides and beyond.
Supervisor: Sturt, Fraser ; Pollard, Carl Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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