Multi-method solutions to the problem of dating early trackways and associated colluvial sequences

Bell, M, Black, S, Maslin, S and Toms, Phillip ORCID: 0000-0003-2149-046X (2020) Multi-method solutions to the problem of dating early trackways and associated colluvial sequences. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 32. Art No 102359. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102359

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Trackways show how sites linked together as parts of living landscapes. Prehistoric trackways, especially hollow ways, are often regarded as undatable. Where trackways are bounded by early fields, colluvial sediment accumulations can provide dating evidence. The case study of a trackway at Lyminge, Kent, UK is dated using a multi-method strategy, including optically stimulated luminescence, uranium series, molluscs and artefacts, indicating it is of late prehistoric or Romano-British origin. This demonstrates that a combination of methods can reveal secure chronologies for trackways, lynchets and other colluvial sediments such as valley fills in many landscapes.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trackways; Hollow way; Lynchet; Colluvium; Uranium series; Optically stimulated luminescence; Molluscs
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Phillip Toms
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2020 11:09
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:58

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