SOIL REPORT ON BEESTON CASTLE, CHESHIRE

Author(s): R I Macphail

The results of a pedological and micromorphological study of the soils and sediments near the Outer Gateway of Beeston Castle are presented, together with an interpretation of C14 assays made to date a soil pollen sequence (Whittaker, unpub.) from a ditch. These data are discussed with information from four previous reports by the author. Well developed podzols had formed by the Late Bronze and Iron Ages, probably under a mixed oak woodland that was little cleared during the fort's early history. There is further pollen evidence of probable on-site cultivation during the Late Bronze Age. Micromorphology supports the soil development sequence and confirms the presence of occupation activities and industrial use of the area near the prehistoric approachway.

Report Number:
173/1988
Series:
AML Reports (New Series)
Pages:
31
Keywords:
Soil/Sediment

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