Identifying the Landscape Impact of Enclosure using GIS-Aided Map Regression

Author(s): Ronan O'Donnell

Year: 2013


Manuscript plans contain a variety of data concerning the landscape changes associated with enclosure.  These can be revealed by map regression; a technique which has been used in many previous studies but usually without the aid of GIS.  This paper will outline a simple method for the comparison of plans using GIS, in which maps which are directly comparable are created, eliminating the problems of the different scales and conventions used in manuscript plans.  This has revealed, among other things, that enclosure did not necessarily result in improvement, that enclosure produced a variety of changes in settlement pattern, that many enclosures did not result in, and were not intended to result in, ring-fenced farms, and that drainage, while made possible by enclosure, usually only occurred after the arrival of a tenant who had the capital to invest in it. 

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Identifying the Landscape Impact of Enclosure using GIS-Aided Map Regression. Ronan O'Donnell. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428500)


Enclosure Gis Maps

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 465