Temporality, cultural biography and seasonality: rethinking time in wetland archaeology

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Temporality, cultural biography and seasonality: rethinking time in wetland archaeology

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Title: Temporality, cultural biography and seasonality: rethinking time in wetland archaeology
Author: O'Sullivan, Aidan
Van de Noort, Robert
Citation: In: Barber, J., et al. (eds). Archaeology from the Wetlands: recent perspectives: proceedings of the 11th WARP conference, Edinburgh 2005. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. pp. 67-78
Publisher: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Date Issued: 2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/29913
Links: www.socantscot.org
Abstract: [FIRST PARAGRAPH] Wetland archaeology is uniquely well placed to investigate questions of chronology, temporality, life-cycles and seasonality. Beyond the usual archaeological approaches to time (eg seriation, typology and stratigraphy), most wetland archaeological investigations have access to a ready supply of samples (ie wood, peat and organic deposits) for absolute scientific dating, particularly radiocarbon and dendrochronology. Indeed, the success of dendrochronology in revealing dynamic sequences of site and regional occupation, use and abandonment are well known. Investigating wetland archaeological sites, environmental archaeologists have used the evidence of insects' plant remains, seeds and even testate amoeba to establish the season, or months, of a site's occupation. Soil micromorphologists have carried out innovative studies of settlement deposits to reconstruct the chronological sequences of processes and events leading to their formation. In brief, wetland archaeology has become adept at calibrating past times.
Type: Meetings and Proceedings
Description: Reproduced with permission of the publisher. Copyright © Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and individual auhtors, 2007. Details of the original publication are available at: http://www.socantscot.org/partnumber.asp?cid=14170&pnid=116854
Keywords: wetland archaeologytemporalityseasonalitycultural biography
ISBN: 978 0 903903 40 0


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