Mapping Past Landscapes in the Lower Lea Valley: A Geoarchaeological Study of the Quaternary Sequence

Mapping Past Landscapes in the Lower Lea Valley: A Geoarchaeological Study of the Quaternary Sequence

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Overview

Archaeological evidence is enriched when it is viewed against the backdrop of its natural landscape setting. This setting is not readily apparent in the lower Lea valley, where evidence for the natural topography has been cut away by quarrying and reservoir construction or buried by metres of alluvium and modern made ground. The Lea Valley Mapping Project, funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, has taken a geoarchaeological approach to reconstructing the past landscape and its relationship to archaeological distributions by using existing borehole information to model the buried topography and past environment of the lower Lea valley from the M25 to the confluence of the Lea and the Thames. The results place the known archaeology within its past landscape context and also predict the archaeological potential of the study area, which readers can investigate by referring both to the maps in the monograph and to the accompanying gazetteer. They can also download the interpreted geo-referenced datasets produced for the project from the ADS website. This book will be an indispensable guide not only for those wishing to know the archaeological potential and past landscape characteristics of the lower Lea valley but to anyone proposing to investigate the buried landscape in other river valleys or wanting an introduction to Quaternary deposits, environments and landscape processes in Greater London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907586019
Publisher: Museum of London Archaeology Service
Publication date: 06/30/2011
Series: MoLAS Monograph Series , #55
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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