Vegetational History and Archaeology: A study of Two Sites in West Scotland

Newell, Patrick J (1985) Vegetational History and Archaeology: A study of Two Sites in West Scotland. MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The results of pollen and macrofossil analyses of peat deposits at two sites in West Scotland are presented in two chapters following an introduction and a chapter describing the methods used in the investigations. The Introduction broadly outlines how the research was funded, its principal aim and particular difficulties associated with the investigations at each site. In Chapter 1 an account is given of the main assumptions of the techniques employed and aspects of their previous application to archaeological interpretation are considered. Some of the literature bearing on the interpretation of the pollen record from a site is reviewed so as to provide both a background for the inferences made from sequences from the two regions of SW and NW Scotland and for the two sequences of this study. Chapters 2 and 3 are set out with roughly the same format, in sections, which may be subdivided (see Contents). The two chapters are not related in the sense that any conclusions from one site affect the conclusions from the other, and are two separate accounts. In each, the inferred vegetational history of the site is interpreted in terms of the known local archaeological record, but this necessarily entails explanations in which the history is perhaps only indirectly the result of man's activities in the areas, or primarily due to other causes.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Archaeology
Date of Award: 1985
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1985-76568
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 14:08
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 14:08

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