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Scanian pithouses;: interpreting fills of grubenhäuser: examples from England and Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Archaeology and Sami Studies.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Archaeology and Sami Studies.
2006 (English)In: Proceedings from the VIII Nordic conference on the applications of Scientific Methods in Archaeology Umeå 2001., 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Grubenhäuser or pithouses are common

archaeological features. This paper focuses upon

some examples studied through soil

micromorphology and chemistry from one

Swedish and five English sites dating to around 400-

800 AD, where in situ floor deposits from

contemporary long house/rectangular house

structures have not survived. Fills are divided into

two kinds, homogeneous and heterogeneous types.

Homogeneous fills may represent infilling by turf

(local soil) employed in their construction, while

individual homogeneous layers within a

grubenhaus may result from a period of biological

homogenisation marking a cessation in infilling.

Heterogeneous fills, some examples of which have

been additionally studied through microchemical

techniques, may yield unique examples of cultural

deposits. Grubenhäuser fills thus not only provide

important information on the archaeology of the

features themselves, but can provide the proxy

information on the local managed landscape and

soils, and a settlement’s morphology, in areas and

periods where other sources of geoarchaeological data have been lost.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006.
Series
Archaeology and Environment, 21
Keyword [en]
Environmental Archaeology, soil micromorphology, soil chemistry
National Category
Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6663OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-6663DiVA: diva2:146333
Conference
VIII Nordic conference on the applications of Scientific Methods in Archaeology Umeå 2001
Available from: 2007-02-09 Created: 2007-02-09 Last updated: 2012-06-07Bibliographically approved

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