This paper outlines aspects of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary project examining the Mesolithic use of one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in Britain – the Cairngorm Mountains of northern Scotland. An outline of the Upper Dee Tributaries Project is presented, with a brief summary of work carried out to date. The main focus of discussion is on the difficulties of site prospection in Cairngorms: where peat covers Mesolithic land-surfaces and areas of erosion are comparatively rare. These problems of prospection are especially important given the challenges of managing of Mesolithic sites in these landscapes.
|Title of host publication||Holocene Foragers in Europe and Beyond|
|Subtitle of host publication||Papers Presented to the Ninth International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe MESO 2015, Belgrade, Serbia|
|Editors||D. Borić, D. Antonović, B. Mihailović, S. Stefanović|
|Place of Publication||Belgrade|
|Publisher||Serbian Archaeological Society|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 11 Feb 2020|
|Event||Ninth International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe - Belgrade, Serbia|
Duration: 14 Sept 2015 → 18 Sept 2015
|Conference||Ninth International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe|
|Period||14/09/15 → 18/09/15|
Bibliographical noteThe Upper Dee Tributaries Project partners are grateful for financial assistance received from the National Trust for Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Robert Kiln Charitable Trust, the Royal Archaeological Institute and the Tony Clark Memorial Fund. As ever many people have contributed to the success of fieldwork including colleagues and students from the University of Aberdeen and University College Dublin. This work would not have been possible without the support of the NTS Property Manager David Frew and the Mar Lodge Estate team.
- site prospection
- landscape archaeology