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Temporality, cultural biography and seasonality: rethinking time in wetland archaeology

O'Sullivan, A. and Van de Noort, R. (2007) Temporality, cultural biography and seasonality: rethinking time in wetland archaeology. In: Archaeology from the Wetlands: recent perspectives. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, pp. 67-78.

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Wetland archaeology is uniquely well placed to investigate questions of chronology, temporality, life-cycles and seasonality. Beyond the usual archaeological approaches to time (eg seriation, typology and stratigraphy), most wetland archaeological investigations have access to a ready supply of samples (ie wood, peat and organic deposits) for absolute scientific dating, particularly radiocarbon and dendrochronology. Indeed, the success of dendrochronology in revealing dynamic sequences of site and regional occupation, use and abandonment are well known. Investigating wetland archaeological sites, environmental archaeologists have used the evidence of insects' plant remains, seeds and even testate amoeba to establish the season, or months, of a site's occupation. Soil micromorphologists have carried out innovative studies of settlement deposits to reconstruct the chronological sequences of processes and events leading to their formation. In brief, wetland archaeology has become adept at calibrating past times.

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Additional Information:Published proceedings of the 11th WARP conference, Edinburgh 2005
Publisher:Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

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