3.5 Research recommendations

Potential projects or approaches that this framework deems appropriate to promote and pursue include;

  • To develop a series of partnership projects to undertake a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to an area, such as a major Scottish Firth, researching the coastal, intertidal and maritime hinterland archaeology, such as outlined in the proposed ‘Source to Sea’ approach;
  • To assimilate all specialised datasets into a national database, which could be accessed digitally and would enable marine historic environment data to be characterised;
  • To develop site-specific approaches to coastal and marine archaeology, which can be chronological, thematic or a mixture of the two. Examples include researching fish-traps on a national scale and developing the work already undertaken on marine crannogs;
  • To explore the whole spectrum transport infrastructure, including Historic and Prehistoric landing places, ports, harbours, portages, landing places, fords and bridges.


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