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A Study of Turf: Historic Rural Settlements in Scotland and Iceland

A Study of Turf: Historic Rural Settlements in Scotland and Iceland Brian Wilkinson The ruins of abandoned settlements remain visible throughout much of rural Scotland. These represent former townships, farmsteads and shielings which were widespread until relatively recently and began their fall into large-scale decline and abandonment during the eighteenth century. Despite being such a common feature in the landscape relatively few of these abandoned settlements have been recorded in any detail. Since October 2006 the Scotland’s Rural Past Project at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) has been working with community groups to discover, survey, and record a small fraction of the thousands of these sites that have the potential to tell a story of rural settlement from the medieval period onwards.1 The extent of abandoned rural settlement remains has been highlighted by a previous RCAHMS project, the First Edition Survey Project. The 6-inch First Edition Ordnance Survey maps, surveyed and drawn in the mid-nineteenth century, were examined and almost 25,000 unroofed buildings were identified; the remains of former rural settlements for which no detailed information exists in the archaeological record. This lack of data represents a considerable gap in our understanding of rural settlement. Further investigation is needed to help create http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

A Study of Turf: Historic Rural Settlements in Scotland and Iceland

Architectural Heritage , Volume 20 (1): 15 – Nov 1, 2009

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Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2009
Subject
Historical Studies
ISSN
1350-7524
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1755-1641
DOI
10.3366/E135075240900017X
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Brian Wilkinson The ruins of abandoned settlements remain visible throughout much of rural Scotland. These represent former townships, farmsteads and shielings which were widespread until relatively recently and began their fall into large-scale decline and abandonment during the eighteenth century. Despite being such a common feature in the landscape relatively few of these abandoned settlements have been recorded in any detail. Since October 2006 the Scotland’s Rural Past Project at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) has been working with community groups to discover, survey, and record a small fraction of the thousands of these sites that have the potential to tell a story of rural settlement from the medieval period onwards.1 The extent of abandoned rural settlement remains has been highlighted by a previous RCAHMS project, the First Edition Survey Project. The 6-inch First Edition Ordnance Survey maps, surveyed and drawn in the mid-nineteenth century, were examined and almost 25,000 unroofed buildings were identified; the remains of former rural settlements for which no detailed information exists in the archaeological record. This lack of data represents a considerable gap in our understanding of rural settlement. Further investigation is needed to help create

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2009

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