The use of soil analysis in the interpretation of an early historic landscape at Puxton in Somerset

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The use of soil analysis in the interpretation of an early historic landscape at Puxton in Somerset

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dc.contributor.author Rippon, Stephen en_GB
dc.contributor.author Martin, M.H en_GB
dc.contributor.author Jackson, A.W en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-05T12:43:27Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:35:50Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T14:08:47Z
dc.date.issued 2001 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Soil samples taken from two adjoining fields close to the village of Puxton in the county of North Somerset, UK, were analysed in 1997 for heavy metals, phosphorus, magnetic susceptibility and loss on ignition as part of an archaeological investigation of the origins and development of a medieval settlement. It had been argued that an oval-shaped field next to the church was the nucleus of marshland reclamation during the early medieval period, though it was unclear whether the enclosure was occupied by a settlement or was simply an area of embanked agricultural land. Soil chemistry shows certain elements, including phosphorus and the heavy metals (Pb, Zn, Cd, Cu, etc), to be concentrated in a restricted part of the enclosure, which earthwork, resistivity and fieldwalking surveys suggest correlates with an area of human occupation associated with the dumping of midden material (a hypothesis confirmed through excavation). This paper demonstrates the value of multifaceted soil chemistry, alongside a range of other survey methods, for characterizing the nature of human activity on archaeological sites, and in the future may be used to locate previously unrecorded sites in more speculative landscape surveys. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Landscape History, 2001, Vol. 23, pp. 27-38 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/19813 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher The Society for Landscape Studies en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.landscapestudies.com/ en_GB
dc.subject North Somerset Levels en_GB
dc.subject medieval settlement en_GB
dc.subject soil analysis en_GB
dc.subject soil chemistry en_GB
dc.title The use of soil analysis in the interpretation of an early historic landscape at Puxton in Somerset en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-03-05T12:43:27Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:35:50Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T14:08:47Z
dc.identifier.issn 0143-3768 en_GB
dc.description Reproduced with permission of the publisher. Journal home page http://www.landscapestudies.com/index_files/Volumes.htm en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Landscape History en_GB


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