“The surface of England is a palimpsest, a document that has been written on and erased over and over again; and it is the business of the field archaeologist to decipher it.”
O G S Crawford, Archaeology in the field (London: Phoenix, 1960, 51)
And not just in England! There is work to be done understanding and explaining the way in which human communities have engaged with, modified, and constructed their surroundings across the globe. Chronologically and spatially our interests are wide, but attention currently focuses on later prehistoric and medieval societies in various parts of northern and northwestern Europe.
Amongst the issues being investigated are: the social use of space; boundaries and land allotment; land-use patterns; urbanization; and biographical views of place and space.