Where water wells up from the earth: excavations at the findspot of the Late Bronze Age Broadward hoard, Shropshire


Pollen analysis (Nicholas P. Branch, Naomi G. Riddiford and Philip Stastney)



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Pollen analysis (Nicholas P. Branch, Naomi G. Riddiford and Philip Stastney)




Introduction


The investigations at Broadward Hall presented an opportunity to reconstruct the environmental context of the archaeological findings and to enhance our knowledge of the Holocene vegetation history of Shropshire.36 The geology of Broadward Hall is complex with the main north–south axis of the valley comprising alluvium, but with head deposits (clay, silt, sand and gravel) to the west of the site (probably within a minor tributary valley), and till and moraine (diamicton) occupying higher ground to the north and south.37 The main archaeological site is located in a narrow east–west strip of alluvium, and the peat deposits encountered during the archaeological investigations and discussed here probably formed within, and on the margins of (back-swamp), a former river channel.




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