Landscape and Scale symposium, Oxford (Keble College), 13 June 2012

On 13 June, the EngLaId project hosted a one-day workshop to explore the relationship between landscape and scale at Keble College in Oxford, a perfect venue for such a lovely and sunny day!

Participants relaxing in the sunshine during lunch break

A range of papers was presented on a number of different topics – see below for the programme – and we are currently exploring various options to publish proceedings. Most importantly, however, the symposium laid the foundations for a loose network of British scholars and professionals engaging with landscape-based issues.

Dr Tom Brindle presenting his completed PhD research on data from the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

It is hoped that these events will become annual affairs. For 2013, a number of themes were suggested, with the majority of attendees preferring a more explicitly theoretical angle for next year’s event. If you would like to get involved, contact the organisers (, or and we can keep you posted about our plans for next year!

Chris Gosden and Chris Evans debating ‘against narrative’…

Last but not least, a special thank you must go to the Royal Historical Society, who kindly granted us £200 to assist with reimbursing travel costs for early career researchers.

Programme ‘Landscape and Scale’

Session 1:                 

‘Issues of Scale and the English Landscape and Identities Project’ (Chris Gosden, University of Oxford).

‘The Fields of Britannia: continuity and discontinuity in the pays, regions and province of Roman Britain’ (Stephen Rippon, Christopher Smart and Fiona Fleming).

‘Recalibrating through ‘landscape’’ (Graham Fairclough, University of Newcastle). 

Session 2:

‘Making the most of PAS data: macro and micro-level studies of Romano-British settlement’ (Tom Brindle, PAS Finds Liaison Officer, Staffordshire and West Midlands).

‘Identifying amateur collection bias at different scales of analysis, using the data collected by the Portable Antiquities Scheme’ (Katie Robbins, British Museum).

‘Local, regional and beyond: inter-tidal zone archaeology in the Greater London Area’ (Elliot Wragg and Nathalie Cohen, Thames Discovery Programme).

Session 3:

‘Bridging the gap? Scale and development-led archaeology in England today’ (Roger Thomas, EH).

‘Something fishy about scales? Tensions between macro and micro levels of analysis and interpretation in the study of later prehistoric and Romano-British field systems’ (Adrian Chadwick, affiliation?)

‘Against Narrative – A Comparative Macro-scale Agenda’ (Christopher Evans, Cambridge Archaeological Unit).


All in all, a productive and enjoyable day – and of course many thanks must go to the speakers and other participants to make it so!

Chris Green and Simon Crutchley

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