publication . Other literature type . Article . 2018

Arable weed seeds as indicators of regional cereal provenance: a case study from Iron Age and Roman central-southern Britain

Lisa Lodwick;
Open Access
  • Published: 17 Mar 2018
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The ability to provenance crop remains from archaeological sites remains an outstanding research question in archaeology. Archaeobotanists have previously identified the movement of cereals on the basis of regional variations in the presence of cereal grain, chaff and weed seeds (the consumer–producer debate), and weed seeds indicative of certain soil types, principally at Danebury hillfort. Whilst the former approach has been heavily criticised over the last decade, the qualitative methods of the latter have not been evaluated. The first interregional trade in cereals in Britain is currently dated to the Iron Age hillfort societies of the mid 1st millennium bc....
Subjects
free text keywords: Archaeology, Plant Science, Palaeontology
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