A settlement clustered around a central point, such as a village green or church. ‘The problem is to determine where dispersed settlement finishes and nucleated settlement begins’ (B. Roberts1996). Nucleation is fostered by defence considerations, localized water supply, the incidence of flooding, or rich soils so that farmers can easily get to their smaller, productive fields while continuing to live in the village. ‘Nucleated settlement does not in itself necessarily induce a sense of community…nucleated settlement in itself is only a part of the process of constructing and maintaining a sense of common interest’ (C. Dalglish2003).
Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.