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

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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.

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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), pp. 353-377. (doi:10.1191/0959683605hl806rp).

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Submitted date: 9 September 2002
Published date: 2005
Keywords: environmental archaeology, sediments, pollen, plant macrofossils, palaeoentomology, alluviation, river valley development, Leicestershire, early Holocene.

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Local EPrints ID: 55218
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55218
ISSN: 0959-6836
PURE UUID: dae53eb5-bf38-49c5-aa50-03f0da57dd0e

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:33

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Author: David N. Smith
Author: Rebecca Roseff
Author: Lynne Bevan
Author: Simon Butler
Author: Gwylim Hughes
Author: Angela Monkton

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