Active Landscapes – recording change by archaeological survey
All landscapes are dynamic and evolving continuously. Dartmoor is a prime example equally famous for its Bronze Age field systems, its post-medieval industrial landscapes, and its military training areas. Landscapes are our inherited places, fashioned by the action and interaction of natural and cultural phenomena. Drawing upon a wide range of techniques, whether from the analysis of maps, from aerial prospection or from ground investigation, archaeological survey has the potential to reveal both how we have changed our environment as well as how we have responded to changes to our environment. These engagements are often reflected in changing patterns of settlement and land use ranging from minor modification and adaptation to over exploitation and abandonment.