Research Papers

Warton Crag Hilltop Enclosure - 2017 - Historic England

In June 2016 Historic England’s Aerial Investigation & Mapping (AIM) and Assessment Teams North (now both part of the Historic Places Investigation Team within Research Group) were approached by Heritage at Risk (HAR) colleagues in the North West Planning Group to undertake mapping and ground-based investigation of fine resolution (0.25m gridded) lidar data of Warton Crag. The lidar had been commissioned jointly by the HAR team and the Headlands to Headspace (H2H) Landscape Partnership Scheme as part of moves to develop a conservation management plan for a small multi-vallate hilltop enclosure that lies on the summit of the Crag. That monument has traditionally been classified (and is scheduled) as an Iron Age hillfort, but is here re-interpreted as some form of non-defensive hilltop enclosure, possibly dating to the Late Bronze Age.

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Landscape History of Leighton Moss - 2012 - Phil Henderson MA

This work examines the history of Leighton Moss Nature Reserve, north-west Lancashire.  It looks specifically at how land-form has changed over time, and what the impacts of changes have been on wildlife, specifically avifauna.  It relates well to the academic field of historical ecology, and employs a plethora of evidence types, including documentary sources, palaeoenvironmental discovery, and archaeological excavation.  Its underlying aim is to show the huge potential of historical research to nature conservation strategy.

Phil Henderson is an amateur landscape historian, with a passion for uncovering and promoting man’s interaction with nature through time.  He studied Geography and Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews, and produced the paper Forest and Fen: The Nature of Wilderness in Mediaeval England in 2010.  In 2012 he gained an MA in Landscape Archaeology from the University of York.  Professionally Phil has worked for a number of conservation organisations, and is currently employed as an apprentice woodsman in Kent.

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