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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

All Research Projects

Rievaulx Landscapes Project

A research project of the Department of Archaeology.


A long-term multi-agency, multi-disciplinary project is getting underway to address key research questions in order to understand the multiple landscapes associated with the Cistercian monastery of Rievaulx Abbey (AD 1132-1538). The physical landscape in which the abbey sits has seen major change through time, with human interaction and modification stretching back into prehistory. A National Mapping Programme identified the considerable research potential of the central monastic site in the Rye Valley. Rievaulx’s connections also link it to landscapes as diverse as early industrial sites in South and West Yorkshire, fisheries in Teesmouth and livestock-rearing sites across North Yorkshire, as well as socio-cultural landscapes with global reach and resonance through to the present day.

Engagement with local knowledge, and collaboration between research institutions and management authorities will be core to development of a synergistic approach, which minimises disruption to local owners and land users.

Image courtesy of RoyP2012 used under Creative Commons licence

Image courtesy of RoyP2012 used under Creative Commons licence


From the Department of Archaeology

Further information

For further information, please contact Dr David Petts.

Scottish Soldiers Project

Cooperating with the Palace Museum in China