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Title: Archaeological sites: Assessment of erosion risk
Author(s): Davidson, Donald
Grieve, Ian
Tyler, Andrew
Barclay, Gordon J
Maxwell, Gordon S
Contact Email: a.n.tyler@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: erosion
archaeological sites
caesium method
site conservation
Issue Date: Sep-1998
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Davidson D, Grieve I, Tyler A, Barclay GJ & Maxwell GS (1998) Archaeological sites: Assessment of erosion risk, Journal of Archaeological Science, 25 (9), pp. 857-860.
Abstract: The importance of archaeological sites in terms of their cultural record and scientific value is widely appreciated. The development of any policy designed to conserve archaeological sites must be based on an assessment of their potential worth and the extent to which they are at risk from processes which could lead to the deterioration or loss of the archaeological record. There is need to develop methodologies for assessing the sensitivity of archaeological sites to soil erosion. This paper reports the innovative use ofin situas well as laboratory derived values of137Cs activity for estimating erosion rates at a cropmark site underlain by sands and gravels. The results indicate an erosion rate for this Neolithic site of 0·5 mm/a, well above an acceptable soil loss tolerance value. It is proposed that such an approach can provide the basis for erosion hazard assessment of cropmark sites thought to be at risk
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/8698
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440397902235
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jasc.1997.0223
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Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Historic Scotland
Independent

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