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A sediment-based multiproxy palaeoecological approach to the environmental archaeology of lake dwellings (crannogs), Central Ireland.

O'Brien, C. E. and Selby, K. A. and Ruiz, Z. and Brown, A. G. and Dinnin, M. H. and Caseldine, C. J. and Langdon, P. G. and Stuijts, I. (2005) 'A sediment-based multiproxy palaeoecological approach to the environmental archaeology of lake dwellings (crannogs), Central Ireland.', The Holocene., 15 (5). pp. 707-719.

Abstract

A multiproxy study of Ballywillin Crannog, Lough Kinale, central Ireland is presented. The methodology used reveals the wealth of information that a multiproxy approach can contribute in lake settlement studies. Plant macrofossils, pollen and spores, diatoms, chironomids and Coleoptera from a lake core are used to reconstruct local and regional vegetation change and lake history to establish the age and function of the crannog. The palaeoecological evidence suggests that Ballywillin Crannog was constructed around AD620, with its most intensive period of occupation after AD1150. Cereals and a range of gathered fruits and nuts were brought onto and cooked on the crannog, and cereal grains were possibly stored there.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Pollen, Plant macrofossils, Diatoms, Chironomids, Coleoptera, Crannog, Environmental archaeology, Llate Holocene, Ireland.
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Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0959683605hl845rp
Record Created:08 Apr 2009
Last Modified:15 Apr 2009 14:50

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