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An assessment of the cesspit deposits of Northern England: An archaeobotanical perspective AN ARCHAEOBOTANCIAL PERSPECTIVE

O'MEARA, DON,PATRICK (2016) An assessment of the cesspit deposits of Northern England: An archaeobotanical perspective AN ARCHAEOBOTANCIAL PERSPECTIVE. Masters thesis, Durham University.

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Abstract

The thesis presents an analysis of the published and unpublished archaeobotanical remains from cesspit deposits in Northern England with taphonomic considerations as to their formation. This encapsulates a review of the literature of digestive taphonomy in archaeological studies, a discussion on the logic of choosing the particular study area, a database and statistical analysis of the cesspit samples within the study area, a series of taphonomic experiments on certain plant remains, a historical review of plant remains from a sample of medieval recipes, and the concluding remarks and discussion. The study concludes that the dataset available for Britain and Ireland during the medieval period should become the focus of a wider study on dietary and environmental change in the medieval period for North-West Europe.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Science
Keywords:Archaeology, archaeobotany, medieval, cesspit
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Archaeology, Department of
Thesis Date:2016
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:09 Mar 2016 09:44

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