Bective excavations Blog

Environmental Report 2010–11 seasons by Susan Lyons
July 16, 2012, 7:56 pm
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This report discusses the analysis of the plant macrofossil (archaeobotanical) remains assemblage and charcoal remains recorded from the soil samples associated with the archaeological excavations at Bective Abbey, Co. Meath (E4028). It includes the results of post-excavation work from Season 2010 and Season 2011.

While wood and plant macrofossils are constituted as environmental remains, they represent the results of two separate human activities. The crops and wild taxa are evidence of arable farming and reflect the plant remains brought to the site deliberately as part of human activity or inadvertently with other gathered plant species.  The charcoal material on the other hand is characteristic of the wood species selected as a fuel resource or wood chosen for use in construction and can go some way to understanding the local woodland environment.

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