Land Use History and Recording

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Worldwide, agricultural landscapes and rural habitats have seen a dramatic decline in their biodiversity. Understanding and recording historic land use while managing archaeological and other heritage assets is now an integral part of sustainable, modern field conservation and zero carbon land use regimes.
This course will be of interest to students who wish to better understand archaeological features in the landscape and how management of the historic environment, within a statutory framework, needs to be considered, alongside the natural environment and zero carbon policy.
The course provides a guide to the principle forms of evidence for ancient and historical settlement, agriculture, land use and other forms of rural activity. The course will draw on old maps, estate rentals, agricultural censuses and archaeological data as well as real-world case studies. Spatial analysis through digital mapping will give students directly-applicable skills that can be taken forward into post-education employment.

This is an optional module for the Diploma in Field and Conservation Ecology at Aberystwyth University and will be valuable for anyone involved in land management as it teaches valuable, practical skills such as the relevant landscape and regulatory frameworks, designations and policies relating to the historic environment.


This module is at CQFW Level 5