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dc.contributor.authorWilson, Clareen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDavidson, Donalden_UK
dc.description.abstractSoil multi-element analysis is now a routine technique employed to help answer questions about space use and function in and around archaeological sites. The pattern of enhancement of certain elements, including P, Pb, Ca, Zn, and Cu, has been shown by numerous studies to correlate closely with the archaeological and historical record. Interpretation of these soil signatures, however, has generally been more problematic. One approach to the problem has been the use of ethnographic or “known” sites to guide interpretation, but how confidently can results from one site be extrapolated to another? This study of abandoned farms tests the site specificity of soil multi-element signatures of past space use through the use of discriminant models. Data analysis suggests that one to one comparisons of similar sites are much less accurate (38% accuracy) than comparisons based on a wider range of sites (59.3% accuracy), even when the latter have contrasting geology. The results highlight the importance of individual anthropogenic practices during occupation and abandonment in the development of diagnostic soil geochemical signatures.en_UK
dc.relationWilson C & Davidson D (2009) An evaluation of the site specificity of soil elemental signatures for identifying and interpreting former functional areas. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36 (10), pp. 2327-2334.;
dc.rightsPublished in the Journal of Archaeological Science by Elsevier.; Publisher statement: "This is a PDF file of an unedited manuscript that has been accepted for publication. As a service to our customers we are providing this early version of the manuscript. The manuscript will undergo copyediting, typesetting, and review of the resulting proof before it is published in its final form. Please note that during the production process errors may be discovered which could affect the content, and all legal disclaimers that apply to the journal pertain."en_UK
dc.subjectMulti-element analysisen_UK
dc.subjectFunctional areasen_UK
dc.subjectSpace useen_UK
dc.subjectSoil science in archaeology Scotlanden_UK
dc.subjectArchaeological geologyen_UK
dc.subjectSoils Analysisen_UK
dc.titleAn evaluation of the site specificity of soil elemental signatures for identifying and interpreting former functional areasen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleJournal of Archaeological Scienceen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorWilson, Clare|0000-0002-0287-8576en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDavidson, Donald|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameunedited accepted version.pdfen_UK
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