CHARRED PLANT REMAINS FROM THE MEDIEVAL FARMSTEAD AT ECKWEEK, AVON

Author(s): W Carruthers

Samples from the Medieval farmstead at Eckweek, Avon, produced remarkably uniform assemblages of charred plant remains, consisting primarily of grain and weed seeds with very little chaff. Free-threshing tetraploid wheat and bread- type wheat were the main cereals present, but barley, rye, vetches, peas, field beans and possibly oats had also been cultivated. There was very little evidence of `luxury' food plants, and hazel nut shell fragments were common in many of the samples. There appeared to have been very little change in the arable economy over the five centuries of Medieval occupation. A few charred remains from Iron Age features were also examined.

Report Number:
27/1995
Series:
AML Reports (New Series)
Pages:
55
Keywords:
Grain, Carbonised Plant Remains

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