J. Phys. IV France 107 (2003) 319
Soil geochemical analyses as an indication of metal working at the excavation of a house in the Roman City at Silchester (UK)S.R. Cook1, M. Fulford1, A. Ciarke1 and C. Pearson1
1 The School of Human and Environmental Sciences, The University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AB, U.K.
Silchesteris the site of a major late Iron Age and Roman town (Calleva Atrebatum), situated in northern Hampshire (England (UK)) and occupied between the late first century BC and the fifth or sixth century AD. Extensive evidence of the nature of the buildings and the plan of the town was obtained from excavations undertaken between 1890 and 1909. The purpose of this study was to use soil geochemical analyses to reinforce the archaeological evidence particularly with reference to potential metal working at the site Soil analysis has been used previously to distinguish different functions or land use activity over a site and to aid identification and interpretation of settlement features (Entwistle et al., 2000).
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