Landscapes of Complex Society: Research and Impact Group
Landscapes of Complex Society is a Research and Impact Group of global significance generating essential research on aspects of landscape archaeology associated with ancient complex societies. Current activity includes research on the different expressions of early urbanism, the impact of ancient empires the wider landscape, the idea of powerscapes, and work on religious landscapes. The group is actively involved in field projects and makes extensive use of remote sensing to identify and interpret extensive trends in settlement and landscape change, such as the emergence of imperial landscape signatures in Asia, with the Informatics Laboratory providing a key resource. New projects on slavery and inequality in Europe and the global south are opening-up research possibilities on colonialised landscapes in the Africa and Americas.
The group is generating important new evidence on palaeoclimates and past landscape productivity, investigating responses to risks and hazards in the past and the present.
Cross-Research and Impact Group synergies are creating important new research opportunities. Building on this foundation, the Landscapes of Complex Society Group seeks to undertake research that will rethink narratives around major episodes of change in human communities, and to collect and analyse exciting new primary data through innovative programmes of problem-oriented field and laboratory-based research.
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