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Snails : archaeology and landscape change

Author: Paul Davies
Publisher: Oxford ; Oakville, CT : Oxbow Books, ©2008.
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"The fact that shells remain preserved in some ancient sediments and soils, and can be used for environmental reconstruction, has been known for over a century. It is now over thirty years since the first textbook on sub-fossil molluscan analysis as applied to the British Isles appeared and, since then, both sub-fossil molluscan studies and archaeology have changed a good deal. The latter, in particular, has become  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davies, Paul.
Snails.
Oxford ; Oakville, CT : Oxbow Books, ©2008
(OCoLC)767798352
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Davies
ISBN: 1842173170 9781842173176
OCLC Number: 198758825
Description: xiii, 199 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction to molluscan analysis : principles and practice --
2. Neoecology : aspects of distribution and habitat-based studies --
3. Late-glacial and postglacial environmental change : the molluscan framework --
4. Modern and past : archaeology and land-use histories --
5. Archaeology : monuments, contexts and land-use histories --
6. Tufa deposits --
7. Overbank alluvium --
8. Colluvium, scree and cave deposits --
9. Blown sand and associated contexts --
10. Freshwater deposits --
11. Epilogue : future directions --
App. 1. Habitat classification and ecological groups --
App. 2. Notes on British species ecology and identification : freshwater and brackish species --
App. 3. Habitat preferences of the Sphaeriidae in Switzerland --
App. 4. Notes on British species ecology and identification : terrestrial species.
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The remains of snails in ancient soils and sediments are one of the most important biological indicators of past landscapes, and have attracted study for well over a century. In spite of this, the  Read more...

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