Catchment Tributaries of the River Trent

Keith Challis, Andy J. Howard, 2008

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Introduction

The research for this project is led by Mr Keith Challis (IBM Vista) and Dr Andy J Howard (Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity) both University of Birmingham with funding from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund as administered by English Heritage.

This project involves geoarchaeological assessments of two of the principal tributary valleys of the Trent (the Rivers Dove and Idle) undertaken to assess the impact of their evolution on the main valley floor. Study of the Idle and Dove was complimented, to a limited extent, by consideration of two lesser valleys, (the Devon and the Dover Beck) with the overall aim of identifying landscapes and resources in these tributaries that might elucidate key issues in the study of the main Trent Valley.

The aims of the research were:

  • To describe and elucidate the known archaeological and palaeoenvironmental resource of the River's Idle and Dove, two principal tributary valleys of the River Trent that are affected by mineral extraction.
  • To assess within a chronostratigraphic framework, the role that human activities such as deforestation and natural processes such as climate change have played in the evolution of these tributary valley floors.
  • To use this information to help heritage managers assess how these human and natural factors may have influenced archaeological preservation and aid in the design of future prospection/mitigation strategies.
  • To use our understanding of these tributary valleys to assess the role their evolution may have played in the development of the main valley floor of the River Trent; for example, increased flood frequency and magnitude resulting in incision and erosion, or the delivery of fine grained sediment resulting in alluviation. Conclusions with implications for heritage management will be disseminated to the relevant regional curators.

The project contributes towards Trent Valley GeoArchaeology, a group of organisations and individuals with interests and involvement in the archaeology and palaeoenvironments of the Trent Valley, the River Trent and its tributaries.