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Project Name: 
South Cadbury Environs Project
Principal Investigator / Director: 
Gary R. Lock
Oxford participants: 
Gary Lock (Main Contact)
Other Participants: 
not specified
  • Division: Social Sciences
  • Unit: Archaeology
  • Sub-Unit: Archaeology Institute
Start Date: 
1966
End Date: 
31st March 2008 (for funding but post-ex and publication is ongoing)
Partner organizations (inside or outside Oxford): 
Richard Tabor (University of Bristol), Universities of Glasgow and Birmingham
Funder: 
University of Bristol, Leverhulme Trust, AHRB
Subject Area: 
Archaeology
Project Description: 

Excavations at Cadbury Castle in Somerset by Leslie Alcock between 1966 and 1973 revealed one of the largest and most complete ceramic sequences for the Late Bronze Age/pre-Roman Iron Age in Britain (Alcock 1972, 1980). Additionally, there was important evidence of Neolithic settlement, and outstanding remains of post-Roman/Early Medieval occupation on the hill top (Alcock 1995). Preparation of the results for publication is now well advanced, through the corporate efforts of Professor Alcock and a range of specialist contributors coordinated through the Universities of Glasgow and Birmingham (Barrett et al., 2000).

Following upon the heels of this project, and the input of a distinguished local amateur tradition, campaigns of archaeological survey and excavation in the two decades since have focused particularly upon the Romano-British and Medieval periods in South East Somerset. Motivated both by academic research and the opportunities provided by the development and land use threats, project research has concentrated upon such topics as Romano-British settlement in the region (Leech 1977), the Roman and Medieval towns of Ilchester (Leach 1982 & 1994), urban settlements (Aston & Leech 1977), Medieval rural settlements (Ellison 1983) and, most recently, the Roman town and its hinterland at Shepton Mallet (Leach 1991 and forthcoming). In the same period have come the publications of excavations and research on several other major archaeological sites in the region, and of local historical and documentary research, including a Victoria County History volume. The last phase of funding (AHRB) enabled innovative GIS-based analysis to be developed for geophysical feature dating based on Network Analysis and colluviation modelling.

The Project is distinguished by its use of geophysical survey as its main tool which, coupled with ploughzone sampling techniques, is generating phaseable maps of former land division in the landscape surrounding Cadbury Castle.The website contains general overviews of the work, links to publications, photographs of the finds, a database of volunteer opportunities, and a interactive area for registered users.

Other projects the participants have been involved in: 
ICT Methods: 
CategorySub-HeadingsDetails
Data CaptureImage capture2d Scanning and photography
Physical MeasurementGeophysical survey
Textual InputManual input and transcription
Data analysisOther AnalysisSpatial data analysis
Searching/LinkingData mining
- -Searching and querying
Statistical Analysis
Visualisation
Data publishing and disseminationPublishingDesktop publishing and pre-press
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Web developmentWeb browser scripting
Data structuring and enhancementAnimation and Modelling2d modelling - raster
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Classifying and linking
Image ProcessingGeo-referencing and projection
- -Image enhancement
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- -Photogrammetry
Other Data ProcessingCoding and standardisation
- -Data modelling
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Practice-led researchDesign and Modelling2d graphic design
- -2d illustration
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Scanning, Photography and ImagesImage manipulation
Strategy and project managementICT Project ManagementGeneral project management
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ICT Security/backup
- -Preservation
Last updated: 
25/06/2015 16:24:21
Updated by: 
martinw@ox.ac.uk