The application of scientific analysis techniques to a range of material culture objects will enable us to explore the sourcing of materials and places of production. This will increase our understanding of the pattern of economic networks.
By pursuing new evidence and re-analysing existing assemblages, we will be able to refine our understanding of how patterns of trade changed over the first millennium AD. This includes the transition from west coast trade to the east coast, notably using the Tay valley.
Synthesising the evidence for the domestic agricultural base, including the pivotal results from Lair, with those for the manufacture and import of goods will ensure that we gain a better, holistic understanding of the economy.