Optically stimulated luminescence profiling and dating of earthworks: the creation and development of prehistoric field boundaries at Bosigran, Cornwall

Soetkin Vervust, Tim Kinnaird, Peter Herring, Sam Turner

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Abstract

Accurately dating the creation and development of earthwork features is a long-standing problem for archaeologists. This article presents results from Bosigran (Cornwall, UK), where boundary banks believed to be prehistoric in origin are assessed using optically stimulated luminescence profiling and dating (OSL-PD). The results provide secure construction dates for different boundaries in the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as chronologies for their early medieval and later development. The research demonstrates not only the prehistoric origins of these distinctive Cornish field systems, but also a practical and cost-effective methodology suitable for dating earthworks around the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-436
Number of pages17
JournalAntiquity
Volume94
Issue number374
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work has received funding from the FWO (Research Foundation—Flanders) and the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement (665501). The authors are very grateful to the National Trust for their support, in particular to Ian Marsh, James Parry, Ash Pearson, Shaun Boyns and the volunteers who helped with the fieldwork. We would also like to thank Bosigran farmers Bob and Liz Scambler for allowing us to investigate their field boundaries and for their keen interest in our research. We were assisted in the field by Francesco Carrer, Niels Dabaut and Maria Duggan, and we thank them all for their invaluable help.

Funding Information:
This work has received funding from the FWO (Research Foundation-Flanders) and the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skodowska-Curie grant agreement (665501).

Publisher Copyright:
© Antiquity Publications Ltd and Cambridge University Press 2020.

Copyright:
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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