TREASURE, EDWARD,ROY (2016) From Hunter-Gathering to the Roman Conquest: An archaeobotanical resource assessment and research agenda for prehistoric Wales (c.8000 BC – AD 100). Masters thesis, Durham University.
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This thesis highlights the significance and potential of archaeobotanical research undertaken on prehistoric sites in Wales (c. 8000 cal BC – 100 cal AD), providing insights into agricultural practices, food, diet, woodland exploitation and environments. It represents the first comprehensive review of archaeobotanical evidence for prehistoric Wales in over two decades. A total of over 300 archaeobotanical records were collated and the focus of this research lies in providing an assessment of the quantity and quality of the current dataset to develop a resource assessment and research agenda. A critical review of the dataset is first provided focusing on its chronological and geographical coverage and the quality of the available evidence. Following this, a detailed chronological review of the evidence is provided from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age and for each major period the dataset is discussed in a wider context. A number of methodological issues with the dataset are outlined and major gaps in the current state of knowledge identified. On this basis, research priorities are recommended. Ultimately, it aims to stimulate further discussion and to highlight the significance and potential of archaeobotanical research to a wider archaeological audience.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Award:||Master of Arts|
|Keywords:||Archaeobotany, Prehistory, Wales, Plant Remains, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age|
|Faculty and Department:||Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Archaeology, Department of|
|Copyright:||Copyright of this thesis is held by the author|
|Deposited On:||12 Oct 2016 11:02|