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Dr Oliver Davis 


My main research interests lie in the understanding of later prehistoric settlement (particularly hillforts), farming and social patterns through a consideration of landscape relationships identified through remote sensing techniques.  I have taken a lead role in the development of LiDAR as an archaeological prospection tool in Wales and have published widely on the use of this technique for identifying archaeology. I am also particularly interested in the later prehistoric, Roman and early medieval settlement of Glamorgan and have undertaken extensive aerial reconnaissance and air photo mapping in the area.

Other research

I am currently working with the RCAHMW on the investigation of the archaeology of two Welsh islands – Skomer and Grassholm. The Skomer Island Mapping Project is investigating a remarkably well preserved later prehistoric landscape through remote sensing (including aerial photography, LiDAR and geophysical survey) and ground survey. My work on Grassholm, combining ground survey with aerial reconnaissance, has identified a small prehistoric farmstead on the island as well as potentially early medieval structures.