Recent Research on Prehistoric Landscapes in Southern Britain


Ranging from the Early Mesolithic to the late Iron Age in date, and from the west of Cornwall to East Sussex in location, guest speakers will present the results of four recent landscape scale archaeological projects in southern Britain. Each working with very different evidence, and undertaken in contrasting research environments, the case studies will present some of the techniques and theories that archaeologists use to record and understand prehistoric landscapes. Case studies include: excavating a buried Mesolithic landscape in East Sussex; exploring the origins of the Late Iron Age oppidum and Roman town of Silchester, Hampshire; landscape scale excavations of Early Neolithic houses, oval barrows and a causewayed enclosure in the Middle Thames valley; and understanding prehistoric settlements and fields in upland and lowland Cornwall.

This day school differs from previous courses on Prehistoric Landscapes taught by Dr Paula Gardiner and Dr Olaf Bayer in 2014 and 2018.


Programme details


9.30am   Registration

9.45am   Introduction

               Dr Paula Gardiner, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Bristol

               Dr Olaf Bayer, Investigator Historic England, Research Associate, 


10.00am  Remarkable landscapes of ancient settlements and fields: a

                Cornish contribution to understanding prehistoric landscapes in 

                southern Britain

                Jacky Nowakowski FSA, Freelance Archaeologist

11.15am   Coffee/tea

11.45am   Extracting the past: early settlement and monuments in the

                Middle Thames Valley

                Gareth Chaffey, Senior Project Manager, Wessex Archaeology

1.00pm    Lunch

2.00pm    The evolution of Late Prehistoric activity and landscape in the

                 Silchester hinterland

                 Dr Catherine Barnett, Principle Archaeologist, Stantec UK, 

                 Senior Visiting Research Fellow, University of Reading

3.15pm     Tea/coffee

3.45pm     Investigating a buried Mesolithic landscape in East Sussex
                 Carl Champness, Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology 

                 and Mike Donnelly, Project Officer, Oxford Archaeology

5.00pm    Course disperses



Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £70.00
Baguette £5.00
Full Hot Lunch (3 courses) £15.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Dr Catherine Barnett


Principal Archaeologist, Stantec UK; Senior Visiting Research Fellow in Archaeology, University of Reading

Mr Gareth Chaffey


Senior Project Manager, Wessex Archaeology

Mr Carl Champness


Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology

Mr Mike Donnelly


Project Officer/Lithics Analyst, Oxford Archaeology

Ms Jacky Nowakowski


Freelance Archaeologist

Dr Olaf Bayer

Course Director

Investigator, Historic England and Research Associate, OUDCE

Dr Paula Gardiner

Course Director

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol

Dr Toby Martin

Director of Studies

Departmental Lecturer, Department For Continuing Education, University of Oxford


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