Palaeoenvironment of a mesolithic peat bed from Austin Friars, Leicester

Shackley, M. and Hunt, S.A., 1984. Palaeoenvironment of a mesolithic peat bed from Austin Friars, Leicester. Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and National History Society, pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

A mesolithic peat bed, dated to 9920±100 bp (HAR-4260) (bp = radiocarbon years before the present calculated from A.D. 19S0 within + or - of 100 years in this case. Ed.) was recovered from Austin Friars, Leicester. Analysis of preserved fauna and flora, especially insects and seeds, indicated that the peat had formed in a shallow pond or lake, with vegetated, marshy edges subject to periodic flooding. The pond was set in open countryside characterised by a lack of trees and preponderance of light-demanding species, living in a cold, damp tundra climate at the very end of Late Glacial Zone III (9000-8300 RC.) extending into the Post Glacial (8300-4000 RC.).

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and National History Society
Creators: Shackley, M. and Hunt, S.A.
Publisher: Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society
Date: 1984
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:13
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:29
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9505

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