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John Preston

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Research Keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Chronology
  • Climate
  • Geomorphology
  • Numerical Modelling
  • Oceanography
  • Palaeoenvironments

Research Summary

My PhD work is part of the Harbours in the North Atlantic 800 – 1300AD project, a European-wide interdisciplinary study looking at the causes of Norse harbour abandonment all across the North Atlantic. My thesis looks specifically at the geomorphological aspects of harbour sites across the North Atlantic. A crucial geomorphological characteristic of a successful harbour is structural equilibrium. A harbour must have physical stability (or a dynamic equilibrium in the case of a beach) for boats to use it safely season to season, year on year. In the absence of a major civil engineering effort, something that was not possible in the pre-modern Atlantic islands, the geomorphology of a harbour is a key indicator of its physical equilibrium (or otherwise). Should the harbour be located on a changeable coastline (or one that becomes changeable) it may become unviable.


John Preston's resumé/CV is available here.

Primary Affiliation

University of Edinburgh
Graduate Student
School of GeoSciences
University of Edinburgh

Phone: 7739839996
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street

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