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Reconstructing vegetation diversity in coastal landscapes

Mans Schepers

Series: Advances in Archaeobotany 1

ISBN-13: 9789491431722

Publication year: 2014

Publication type: Book

Pages: 261

Cover: Softcover

Format: 170 x 240 x 16 mm; 740 g; full colour ill.

Price excl. VAT: 34.50

Price incl. VAT: 37.61

This dissertation delves into the reconstruction of past vegetation at the most detailed level. It is not the objective to focus solely on the developments in vegetation over time, but to create an image of the landscape that must have been visible to prehistoric people. Landscape and vegetation form a major starting point for the opportunities available in a certain area for a broad scale of human activities including grazing of livestock, cultivating crops and collecting wild plants. The majority of the analyses are based on seeds and fruits (botanical macroremains) from two Dutch prehistoric regions. These are the small river system in the present Flevopolder, home to settlements of the so-called Swifterbant Culture in the Neolithic period (4300 ‒ 4000 BC), and the Frisian-Groningen terp region in the period prior to the endikements (700 BC ‒ c. 1200 AD).

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More about the series Advances in Archaeobotany.


Chapter 1. General introduction   9

Chapter 2. An objective method based on assemblages of subfossil plant macro-remains to reconstruct past natural vegetation: a case study at Swifterbant, the Netherlands   29

Box 1. A pure sample   61

Chapter 3. Wet, wealthy worlds: The environment of the Swifterbant river system during the Neolithic occupation (4300-4000 cal. B.C.)   73

Box 2. Why sample ditches?   109

Chapter 4. Dung Matters: An experimental study into the effectiveness of using dung from hay fed livestock to reconstruct local vegetation   123

Chapter 5. A review of prehistoric and early historic mainland salt marsh vegetation in the Northern Netherlands based on the analysis of plant macrofossils   159

Chapter 6. General discussion  195

References   219

Samenvatting   243

Dankwoord  253

List of publications   259

Affiliation of co-authors   261