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Wetland habitats, their resource potential and exploitation: a case study from the Humber wetlands

Dinnin, M. and Van de Noort, R. (1999) Wetland habitats, their resource potential and exploitation: a case study from the Humber wetlands. In: Coles, B., Coles, J. and Shou-Jørgenson, M. (eds.) Bog bodies, sacred sites and wetland archaeology. WARP, Exeter. ISBN 0951911759

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The notion that wetlands are among the most productive environments in the world is widely quoted, but its relationship with the exploitation of wetland ecosystems during the prehistoric and early historic period has been the subject of few investigations. The current paper discusses the primary production of different wetland habitats and its relationship to the resource potential of these habitats and their actual exploitation, using recent results from the Humber Wetlands Survey. It is argued that during the early Holocene, wetland landscapes were central to the subsistence economy and that a clear association exists between the primary productivity of wetlands and the intensity of exploitation. With the introduction of agriculture, however, wetland habitats become increasingly peripheral to the economy.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
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ID Code:37956
Uncontrolled Keywords:wetland habitats; exploitation; Humber Wetlands; Holocene
Additional Information:Proceedings of a conference held by WARP and the National Museum of Denmark, in conjunction with Silkeborg Museum, Jutland, September 1996

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