Archaeological and environmental investigations of Late Glacial and Holocene river valley sequences on the River Soar, at Croft, Leicestershire


Smith, David N., Roseff, Rebecca, Bevan, Lynne, Brown, Anthony G., Butler, Simon, Hughes, Gwylim and Monkton, Angela (2005) Archaeological and environmental investigations of Late Glacial and Holocene river valley sequences on the River Soar, at Croft, Leicestershire. The Holocene, 15, (3), 353-377. (doi:10.1191/0959683605hl806rp).

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Description/Abstract

The sediments, stratigraphy and archaeology of several sections through Lateglacial and
Holocene deposits associated with the past course of the Thurlston Brook at Croft, Leicestershire, UK are
outlined. The results of pollen, plant macrofossil and insect analyses from these deposits are presented and
this information is used to provide a detailed reconstruction of changing river conditions and human land
use at this location during the Holocene. Despite the presence of hiatuses in the record seen at Croft, and
other sites of this scale, with accurate work and clear dating controls it is possible to 'stitch' together
continuous detailed sequences. The general pattern of Holocene landscape and fluvial change appears to
echo that seen in the Trent valley region and nationally. It is suggested that small headwater catchments
such as at Croft have the potential to provide detailed and sensitive records of Holocene events comparable
with those from 'standard' sediment sequences.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0959-6836 (print)
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Keywords: environmental archaeology, sediments, pollen, plant macrofossils, palaeoentomology, alluviation, river valley development, Leicestershire, early Holocene.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Environmental Processes and Change
ePrint ID: 55218
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:38
Contact Email Address: Tony.Brown@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55218

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