A meta-database of Holocene sediment cores for England

Suggitt, Andrew, Jones, Richard T., Caseldine, Chris J., Huntley, Brian, Stewart, John R., Brooks, Stephen J., Brown, Eleanor, Fletcher, David, Gillingham, Phillipa K., Larwood, Jonathan, Macgregor, Nicholas A., Silva, Barbara, Thomas, Zoë, Wilson, Robert J. and Maclean, Ilya M. D. (2015) A meta-database of Holocene sediment cores for England. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 24 (6). pp. 743-747. ISSN 0939-6314

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Extracting sediment cores for palaeoecological and archaeological investigations has occurred extensively across England since the early 20th century. Surprisingly, there has been comparatively little collation of these valuable publications and potential sources of data; for example, a search on the European Pollen Database (1st Aug 2014 edition) found just 118 core sites for the whole of Great Britain. Here, using a combination of systematic meta-searching and knowledge of the unpublished (‘grey’) literature, we have assembled a meta-database of some 763 sediment cores for palaeoecological records, documented across 273 scientific studies. The majority of these (>90 %) were sediment cores upon which pollen analyses had been performed, but other types of evidence, such as plant macrofossil and faunal records were also identified. We are making this meta-database publicly available, in the hope that it will assist further investigations into Holocene vegetation history, palaeoecology, geoarchaeology and environmental change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pollen diagram, Radiocarbon, Palynology, Dating, Climatic change
Subjects: C100 Biology
C200 Botany
F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 12:48
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 10:38
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40380

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