an MSC in Landscape Archaeology - 2012
Philip Taylor, who is a Team Leader in
Geo/Environmental for Opus International Consultants UK Ltd.,
has been kind enough to send a copy of his 2012 MSC dissertation
for us to make available to people interested in the local
history of Dadsley.
It is a detailed study and also gives a
fascinating insight into a variety of research methodologies
The project describes the search for the
Deserted Medieval Village of Dadsley in South Yorkshire. The
chapters detail how the search for this Deserted Medieval
Village was undertaken, from the initial desk based research
element, through to the site based geophysical survey works.
Whilst ultimately the exact location of the
village was not located, this project does provide the
archaeological background to the area as well as detailing
several areas which would benefit from intrusive investigation
works in order to confirm the conclusions drawn.
Dadsley was a flourishing village following
the Norman Invasion, probably as a result of the construction of
Tickhill Castle circa 1080AD. Whilst the castle may have
benefited Dadsley initially, it is likely that this was
ultimately its downfall with villagers eventually moving closer
to the castle for reasons of security as well as trade. This
population movement resulted in the formation of the modern day
To view the whole dissertation please
click here. Please note, the file is very large (50MB) and
may take some time to open.