Introduction to Landscape Studies

Landscapes govern our experience of everyday life.

We live, work and travel through landscapes  – some of us in rural landscapes, some of us in urban ones. The influence of the landscape on how we live is often taken for granted and the way people have shaped the land over time is often little understood, particularly in rural landscapes.  

This online course provides a basic overview of how archaeologists look at and interpret landscapes to better understand their historic development.  The course introduces some of the techniques used to investigate landscapes and the information and examples given relate to Lincolnshire and focus on rural landscapes. However, the techniques and methodologies discussed are also relevant outside the boundaries of the county.

This course forms part of our 3-year, Heritage Lottery Fund supported, Layers of History project that is giving volunteers the skills and knowledge to identify landscape features, undertake archaeological surveys, carry out archival research and investigate some of the county’s less well-known historic sites. We’d love you to get involved too!

Course acknowledgements and links

Aims of the course
  1. To deliver an introduction to the methods of understanding the landscape around us and the Layers of History contained within it.
  2. To discuss the types of features that exist in the landscape and consider their origins and meaning.
  3. To demonstrate how a historic landscape may be observed, recorded and interpreted.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course you will:

  • be able to identify historic landscape features in the landscape around them
  • use maps to identify changes in the landscape through time
  • observe and interpret historic features on aerial photographs
  • search national and local databases for historical and archaeological information relevant to their area of study