Theme 1: Submerged Landscapes
This synthesis represents an evaluation of palaeo-environmental reconstruction of the present day Scottish coastal corridor (supra-tidal and inter-tidal zone) out to the sub-tidal. shelf. It addresses the geographic areas, their particular geological history and the inter-woven prehistoric occupation. The aim of the evaluation was to provide a better understanding of palaeo-environmental reconstruction within the Scottish remit of marine archaeology. The main recommendations are the need for:
• Increased precision data on relative sea-level change, especially for island groups.
• Detailed mapping of Scotland showing the coast at various dates and based on evidence, not modelling.
• Predictive modelling for submerged site survival. including 3D modelling derived from the energy and aggregate industries (third party) sources.
• Survey for submerged sites in high-potential locations.
• A database of submerged palaeo-environmental information.
• Work on northern Doggerland and other potential submerged landscapes around Scotland’s coastline, which could form part of the current SPLASHCOS EU initiative.