3.5 Research recommendations

Key areas for future work include:

  1. The effect of the environment on past communities, including both long-term processes and events such as the tsunami, as well as considering the impact of the human presence upon Scotland’s environment, vegetation, and animal population.
  2. Comprehensive surveys of the data available for all aspects of the environment and biotope through the Lateglacial and early Holocene.
  3. Exploring the development of Scotland’s coastline over time based on point data, considering the impact of sea-level change on contemporary populations, and integrating this with established projects including work on Doggerland.
  4. Development of predictive modelling for submerged site survival, and focused survey for submerged sites in likely locations.
  5. Liaison with Quaternary scientists over the reconstruction of the North Sea plain and its transgression through the Lateglacial and early Holocene.