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Book: Archaeology from the Ploughsoil

Chapter: 4. Identifying Neolithic Settlements in Britain: the Role of Field Survey in the Interpretation of Lithic Scatters

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24773


The aim of this paper is to present a surface collection survey design which could be used to define likely areas of domestic activity. Many kinds of sites are relatively impervious to discovery through methods other than field survey and lithic artefacts are only the only obvious pointer. This approach is assessed in terms of the results of a survey in the Abingdon area of the upper Thames Valley.

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  • Robin Holgate ( - rholgate)