Mark Powers

School: Archaeology

Supervisor: Dr Graeme Warren

Defining Landscape Use and Activity Strategy in the Mesolithic Midlands, England

The primary aim of this project is to investigate human activity strategies and landscape usage in the English county of Leicestershire after the complete retreat of the Devensian ice fields. This is a period witnessing the re-colonisation and settlement of the landscape by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers.
New and unique approaches are suggested in order to develop research into an area that is often considered bereft of Mesolithic activity, but in reality contains rich data. This will be undertaken by plotting lithic find spots on to a palimpsest of geographical, topographical, geological and hydrological maps, which will then be manipulated by GIS software to provide interactive two and three dimensional digital models. These will initially suggest the type of occupation location preferred by Mesolithic groups. Furthermore, an in-depth study of preferred environmental locations of flora and fauna existing at the time, in conjunction with palaeoenvironmental data will enable specific human activity strategies and landscape usage patterns to be explored.

Funding Information: Funded by an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship

Online Profile: http://www.ucd.ie/archaeology/research/phd/mark_powers/