From the detailed recommendations above, the key future recommendations are:
- More work is needed on integrated survey methodologies to get a more representative picture of the Iron Age landscape in an area, beyond the limits of existing techniques.
- Robust dating information is key to understanding the Iron Age.
- Sampling and dating strategies should be designed to maximise the amount of chronological information a site can provide, involving the selection of appropriate technique (or combination of techniques), and prioritising the dating of particular types of site.
- Results of dating by all techniques should be made available in accessible format, ideally from the same location.
- Existing archive material from old excavations should be dated to clarify regional sequences: key targets are the Western Isles Atlantic roundhouse sequence, the Howe, and the hillforts of south-east Scotland
- Key groups of artefacts or ecofacts should be dated (either directly or from associated contexts) to understand their chronology and development (as done successfully for Iron Age human remains; e.g. Tucker & Armit 2009, Shapland & Armit 2011)
- Sample excavation of regional groups of sites has its drawbacks but would provide a valid approach to get a basic sequence for modelling and further testing