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Can't find a pulse? Celtic bean (Vicia faba L.) in British prehistory.

Treasure, E. R. and Church, M. J. (2017) 'Can't find a pulse? Celtic bean (Vicia faba L.) in British prehistory.', Environmental archaeology., 22 (2). pp. 113-127.

Abstract

Archaeobotanical research on prehistoric crops in Britain has primarily focussed on cereals and the potential importance of alternative crops, such as pulses, has often been overlooked. This paper reviews evidence for Celtic bean (Vicia faba L.) in British prehistory, using a database of archaeobotanical assemblages from 75 sites. Celtic bean is rare in the Neolithic – Early Bronze Age and it only becomes frequent from the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 1500 cal BC) onwards, particularly in southern England. Though there is a paucity of evidence at many sites, it is suggested that this reflects a preservation bias and in some areas at least, Celtic bean formed an important element of past agricultural systems.

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Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/14614103.2016.1153769
Publisher statement:© 2016 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/Licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Record Created:06 Apr 2016 15:35
Last Modified:16 Feb 2017 10:19

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