Homo sapiens or Castor fiber?

  title={Homo sapiens or Castor fiber?},
  author={John Morton Coles and Bryony J Orme},
  pages={95 - 102}
Following the development of pollen analysis in the earlier part of this century, much effort was devoted to unravelling the sequence of vegetational change during and after the retreat of the last European ice-sheets. The outlines established, questions of causation came to the fore, and the debate focused on factors such as climatic change, rate of species migration from glacial refuges, and natural vegetational succession. In more recent decades, a further factor has been widely investigated… 
Postglacial history of alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertn.) in the British Isles
Data from 92 postglacial pollen sequences are used to map the spread and increase of alder (Alnus glutinosa) across the British Isles between 9000 and 5000 years ago. The spread is found to be patchy
Postglacial hunter-gatherers and vegetational history in Scotland
SUMMARY The evidence for vegetational change during the millennia between the first human settlement and c 3000 be is reviewed. Aspects considered include the extent to which hunter-gatherer
The longevity of pastoral episodes of clearance activity in pollen diagrams: the role of post-occupation grazing
It is suggested that post-occupation grazing in particular might offer a satisfactory explanation for the phenomenon of long-term pastoral longevity in Britain and Ireland.
The Sediments, Pollen, Plant Macro-Fossils and Insects from a Bronze Age Channel Fill at Yoxall Bridge, Staffordshire
Abstract The integrated palaeoenvironmental results from a shallow palaeochannel in one of the old courses of the Trent at Yoxall Bridge, Staffordshire, are presented. The sampled deposit consisted
Spread and Expansion of Alnus Mill. In the British Isles: Timing, Agencies and Possible Vectors
Re-appraisal of data in the light of modern views on the pollen representation of tree taxa suggests a wider range of possible first arrival times, suggesting additional, earlier, Alnus does seem to have taken place in the British Isles in spread from a western refugium in or near western France.
Holocene vegetation history and human impact at Bryn y Castell, Snowdonia, north Wales
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The development of late-Holocene farmed landscapes: Analysis of insect assemblages using a multi-period dataset
Global agricultural intensification and expansion has led to the spread of a fairly cosmopolitan insect fauna associated with arable land and pasture. Studies of modern expansion and intensification
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The backwater economy of a fen-edge community in the Iron Age: the Upper Delphs, Haddenham
A recent paper (Evans 1988a), which questions whether there actually exists a distinctly ‘Fenland archaeology’ for much of later prehistory, argues that many of the concepts associated with the


Palaeoecological investigations of a site at Hampstead Heath, London
OUR understanding of the vegetational history of Britain is based mainly on studies of peat-bogs, lake and kettlehole infills1: away from areas where such deposits exist, there is a paucity of
Fire Ecology, Animal Populations and Man: a Study of some Ecological Relationships in Prehistory
  • P. Mellars
  • Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
  • 1976
Summary The occurrence of fires in many types of woodland and forested environments would have benefited human populations in several different ways. In addition to greatly increasing the mobility of
Causewayed Camps and Early Neolithic Economies in Central Southern England
Summary This paper is a study of the location of several causewayed camps in central southern England. We first discuss their contemporary environment, the cultivation technology of the early
The Shaugh Moor Project: Fourth Report — Environment, Context and Conclusion
For five years from 1976 to 1980 the archaeology and environment of a block of landscape centred around Shaugh Moor on south-west Dartmoor were analysed prior to the destruction of some of the
Excavations at the Maglemosian Sites at Thatcham, Berkshire, England
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