ACTON COURT AVON: PLANT AND ANIMAL MACROFOSSILS FROM MID SIXTEENTH CENTURY FILLS OF THE MOAT.

Author(s): E Robinson, V Straker

Plant macrofossils and ostracods were studied from two contexts. The ostracods provide evidence that the moat contained still water conditions more similar to an open pond than a weed choked ditch. The plants include species of woods and hedges, disturbed and arable conditions, damp grassland, marsh and bankside situations and standing water. The presence of an intemittently flooded nitrophilous annual community suggests that the waterlevel was reduced somewhat in the summer months exposing nutrient rich mud. Edible plants were limited and included a number of fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare). Despite the fact that garderobes did decant into the east arm of the moat, there is no positive evidence to suggest that the edible plants derive from sewage rather than other domestic waste.

Report Number:
45/1990
Series:
AML Reports (New Series)
Pages:
8
Keywords:
Animal Remains Plant Remains

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