Theme 1: Submerged Landscapes

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.