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When a Waterhole is Full of Dung: An Illustration of the Importance of Environmental Evidence for Refining Archaeological Interpretation of Excavated Features
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Environmental Archaeology Lab. (Miljöarkeologiska laboratoriet)
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2019 (English)In: Archaeometry, ISSN 0003-813X, E-ISSN 1475-4754, Vol. 61, no 4, p. 977-990Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Prehistoric field systems sometimes encompass excavated, pit-like features which are difficult to classify due to the complex stratigraphies resulting from reuse, infilling and collapse. They are frequently classified as wells and watering holes, but other potential uses for excavated depressions are rarely cited. We argue the need for environmental archaeology in the interpretation of features of this nature, and present a case study from a Bronze Age site at Pode Hole, near Peterborough (UK), where fossil insect material clearly contradicts the archaeological interpretation. We present empirical evidence for a sealed context filled with dung which cannot be interpreted as a water source. This evidence strongly contrasts with other superficially similar features at the site.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2019. Vol. 61, no 4, p. 977-990
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waterhole, fossil insects, Bronze Age, environmental archaeology, dung pit, context interpretation, Coleoptera
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Archaeology Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Archaeology; environmental archaeology; Entomology; Quarternary Geology; Historical Geology and Paleontology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-155797DOI: 10.1111/arcm.12461ISI: 000475655000014Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060643994OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-155797DiVA, id: diva2:1283057
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