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Fuelling the fires: the contribution of wood charcoal analysis to a landscape scale project at and around Pre-Conquest Iron Age Silchester and a reflection on its wider implications

Barnett, C. (2019) Fuelling the fires: the contribution of wood charcoal analysis to a landscape scale project at and around Pre-Conquest Iron Age Silchester and a reflection on its wider implications. Environmental Archaeology. ISSN 1749-6314

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14614103.2019.1590513

Abstract/Summary

This paper seeks to examine the contribution of targeted wood charcoal analysis (anthracology) to our understanding of the 1st millennium BC Late Iron Age oppidum and transition to the Early Roman town at Silchester and a series of nearby late prehistoric satellite sites investigated by the ongoing Silchester Environs project. Consideration is given to whether clear differences in charcoal assemblages of varying size and origin are discernible through time and space across the landscape, and whether these are of significant value in consideration of taphonomy, interpretation of the sites and of lifestyles on a site level and beyond. Data for the sites are presented but discussed in summary only at a site level, more detailed context level interpretation is published elsewhere (Barnett 2018, in prep. a and c). Instead, this paper aims to stand back and take stock of the work so far and what lessons can be learned within and outside the project.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Scientific Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:82653
Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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