Global warming at the end of the last Ice Age led to the inundation of vast landscapes that had once been home to thousands of people. These lost lands hold a unique and largely unexplored record of settlement and colonisation linked to climate change over millennia.
Within the Europe's Lost Frontiers project, researchers in the fields of archaeo-geophysics, molecular biology and computer simulation are seeking to explore the past environments, ecological change and the transition between hunter gathering societies and farming in the inundated land of the southern North Sea - Doggerland.
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Professor Vincent Gaffney is Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology at Bradford and the Principal investigator on the ERC Advanced Grant project "Europe's Lost Frontiers" - mapping the inundated landscapes of the Southern North Sea " project.
Other recent, and current, research projects include the analysis of the Mesolithic pit alignment at Warren Field Crathes, agent-based model of the battle of Manzikert (1071) in Anatolia and the Ludwig Botlzmann Institute "Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes" Project- where he leads the UK team creating 3D and virtual imaging of the landscape from an extensive programme of geophysical survey of the largely unmapped landscape.
He was a Co_PI on the EPSRC Gravity Gradient Project providing imaging for novel gravity sensor development. Previous fieldwork has included a major project investigating Roman Wroxeter, survey of Diocletian’s Mausoleum in Split, the wetland landscape of the river Cetina (Croatia), fieldwork in Italy centred on the Roman town at Forum Novum, historic landscape characterisation at Fort Hood (Texas) and internet mapping of the Mundo Maya region.
Professor Gaffney has received national and international awards for his work including the 2013 European Archaeological Heritage Prize awarded by the European Association of Archaeologists and the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. His work on inundated marine landscapes received the 2007 award for Heritage Presentation at the British Association for the Advancement of Science. His book "Europe's Lost World" was awarded the "Best Publication" prize at the British Archaeological Awards in 2010. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to archaeology in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
University of Bradford