A wee post about one of the current research projects I’ve got on the go with Tessa and the Glasgow SERF team!
The SERF project has been investigating hillforts in Strathearn, Perthshire since 2007. We have now explored eleven sites and have dug trenches across their surviving ramparts and ditches. Over the seasons of fieldwork I have become more aware that what we can say about a site is not only dependent on the nature of materials we encounter, but also on the approach we take. To put it another way, our understanding of a site directly reflects a specific sequence of decision-making influenced by many factors, some of which are more obvious than others. It is not random; it is historically constituted and based on learned principles.
Two questions have emerged from this realisation: how do I become more aware of what shapes our interpretations of these hillforts, shedding light on our reasoning and, secondly, how do I communicate a more fluid appreciation of archaeological…
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