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TerraSAgE: Terraces as Agricultural Sustainable Environments
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TerraSAgE is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) from 2020-2022.   Terraces are prominent features in agricultural landscapes across the world. Several terraced landscapes are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including terraces for olive and vine cultivation … Read More

Storegga Tsunami identified in core from Dogger Bank
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The Storegga Event, which triggered a tsunami reflected in sediment deposits in the northern North Sea, northeast coastlines of the British Isles and across the North Atlantic, was a major event during this transgressive phase. The spatial extent of the … Read More

‘Astonishing’ huge circular Neolithic monument discovered near Stonehenge
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Recent fieldwork and analysis have revealed evidence for 20 or more massive shafts at Durrington Walls, measuring more than 10 metres in diameter and 5 metres deep. These shafts form a circle that encloses an area greater than 3 square … Read More

Agricultural terraces in the Mediterranean: medieval intensification revealed by OSL-PD
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The history of agricultural terraces remains poorly understood, largely due to problems in dating their construction and use. This has hampered broader research on their significance, limiting knowledge of past agricultural practices and the long-term investment choices made by rural … Read More

OSL P-D: shedding new light on ancient fields
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Accurately dating the creation and development of earthwork features is a long-standing problem for archaeologists. In Antiquity 94, Vervust et al. used optically stimulated luminescence profiling and dating (OSL-PD) to assess whether field boundaries at Bosigran (Cornwall, UK) were prehistoric … Read More

Lumbini, UNESCO World Heritage Site: Reinvestigating the Birthplace of the Buddha
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Antiquity, 87, p. 1104-1123. Tim’s contribution to this project involved the construction of the cultural and natural sediment chronologies at the Lumbini UNESCO World Heritage Temple Site, the Birthplace of Lord Buddha, and at Tilaurokot, the childhood home of the … Read More