4.3 Research recommendations

Key areas for future work include:

  1. Detailed work on reconstructing conditions during the Lateglacial period and their implications for site location and survival.
  2. Systematic mapping and recording of cave potential for early sites, re-examination of existing cave assemblages, and targeted examination of new sites where appropriate.
  3. Synthesis of existing information on tool types and site locations, re-examination of existing assemblages, development of extensive dating strategies, and a focus on the publication of excavated sites.
  4. The excavations of the areas beyond the midden itself, especially the margins.
  5. Recognizing the combined archaeological and palaeoenvironmental potential of lateglacial kettle-holes and postglacial waterlogged deposits along river valleys.