Dr Tessa Poller
- Research Support Officer (Archaeology)
Archaeological Methods in the Theory and Practice
A main research interest has been in the theory and practice of archaeological methodology. There are various ways in which archaeologists can record, describe and engage with the traces of the past. The methods that we choose to implement have a direct impact on how the past is communicated in the present. My interest lies in the reflexive relationship between method and interpretation. In practice, I am interested in exploring how new technologies and approaches (i.e. LiDAR & 3D visualisations) are integrated with traditional techniques such as excavation and field survey.
Later Prehistoric Landscapes in Scotland
My PhD research examined the archaeological evidence for the Later Prehistoric Landscapes in SW Scotland and over the past seven years I have been the director of the SERF Hillforts Programme. The SERF Hillforts Programme is an ongoing project which aims to create a chronological map for the hillforts within the eastern stretch of Strathearn. Excavation underpins the SERF hillfort investigations, but over the years we have developed our methodology to include field survey, geophysical survey, 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry and GIS modelling in order to more fully explore these monuments with their landscape setting.
Geophysical Survey in Scottish Contexts
I have been involved in numerous geophysical surveys across Scotland. I have been investigating the responses of geophysical techniques on a variety of geological and archaeological contexts in Scotland, from arable lands in SW Scotland and Perthshire, to craggy hilltops in Argyll and exposed boggy areas in Lewis. In recent years I have worked in collaboration with the National Museums of Scotland and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments to compare and explore metal-detecting recording with geophysical survey and other remote sensing techniques.