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A sediment-based multi-proxy palaeoecological approach to the environmental archaeology of lake dwellings (crannogs), central Ireland

O'Brien, C., Selby, K., Ruiz, Z., Brown, A., Dinnin, M., Caseldine, C., Langdon, P. and Stuijts, I. (2005) A sediment-based multi-proxy palaeoecological approach to the environmental archaeology of lake dwellings (crannogs), central Ireland. The Holocene, 15 (5). pp. 707-719. ISSN 0959-6836

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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 take 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 AD 620, with its most intensive period of occupation after AD 1150. 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
Academic Units: The University of York > Environment (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2009 15:30
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2009 15:30
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0959683605hl845rp
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Identification Number: 10.1191/0959683605hl845rp
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7606

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