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Caught in a trap: landscape and climate implications of the insect fauna from a Roman well in Sherwood Forest
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Environmental Archaeology Lab. (Miljöarkeologiska laboratoriet)
University of Edinburgh.
2016 (English)In: Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, ISSN 1866-9557, E-ISSN 1866-9565Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire is often considered a well preserved ancient landscape, subsequently having survived by way of centuries of management as a hunting preserve. Archaeological evidence suggests otherwise, with an enclosed landscape beginning in the pre-Roman Iron Age and continuing through the Romanperiod. Due to the nature of the region's soils, however, there is little empirical, palaeoecological evidence on its environmental history prior to the medieval period. This paper presents an insect fauna from a Roman well in a small enclosure in north Nottinghamshire, on the edge of Sherwood Forest, and its interpretation in terms of contemporary land use. Wells and small pools act as large pitfall traps and mayeffectively sample aspects of the local and regional insect fauna. The Wild Goose Cottage fauna and its environmental implications are also compared with a number of archaeologically and geographically similar contexts.

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Springer, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Roman; Insects; Well; Wood pasture; Sherwood Forest; Landscape Change
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History and Archaeology Archaeology Ecology Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
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biology, Environmental Science; Archaeology; Classical Archaeology and Ancient History; Entomology; Quarternary Geology; Historical Geology and Paleontology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119507DOI: 10.1007/s12520-016-0338-8OAI: diva2:921776
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-04-21 Last updated: 2016-09-06

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