A dispersed settlement, also known as a scattered settlement, is one of the main types of settlement patterns used by landscape historians to classify rural settlements found in the world. Typically, there are a number of separate farmsteads scattered throughout the area. A dispersed settlement contrasts with a nucleated village. Rural rustic settlements. Hilly land with trees and fields in winter. Small houses, roads and ways. A village is larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town. Homes were situated together for sociability and defence, and land surrounding the living quarters was farmed. 4K UHD 3840×2160.