3.5 Research recommendations

Potential projects or approaches that this framework deems appropriate to promote and pursue include;

  • To develop a series of partnership projects to undertake a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to an area, such as a major Scottish Firth, researching the coastal, intertidal and maritime hinterland archaeology, such as outlined in the proposed ‘Source to Sea’ approach;
  • To assimilate all specialised datasets into a national database, which could be accessed digitally and would enable marine historic environment data to be characterised;
  • To develop site-specific approaches to coastal and marine archaeology, which can be chronological, thematic or a mixture of the two. Examples include researching fish-traps on a national scale and developing the work already undertaken on marine crannogs;
  • To explore the whole spectrum transport infrastructure, including Historic and Prehistoric landing places, ports, harbours, portages, landing places, fords and bridges.

 

 

Comments

The recent conference on the archaeology of Cramond (see http://www.scottishheritagehub.com/content/conference-notes-cramond-roman-fort-60-years-excavation-and-research), pointed out that there must have been a harbour near the Roman fort to supply the army. There has been no evidence for this so far. It is important that we find out:

  1. where the harbour was.
  2. What was the nature of the landing place and did it have a pre Roman significance?
  3. Are there ship wrecks?
  4. Where was Roman sea level in relation to the present day one?