Carter, S. P., (2010). 2.5 Soils and sediments. In: n.e., Artefactual, environmental and archaeological evidence from the Holyrood Parliament Site excavations. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. pp. 108-115.

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2.5 Soils and sediments
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Artefactual, environmental and archaeological evidence from the Holyrood Parliament Site excavations
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Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports
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40
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145
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sair40.pdf (19 MB) : Download
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Analysis of the composition of the Period 3 and 4 soils indicates that coal ash was the dominant material responsible for the accumulation of these soils. It is assumed that the coal ash was initially cleared out into a midden and was subsequently spread on cultivated plots as a component of the manure. The process of soil accumulation through deposition of ash appears to have ended before the 17th/18th centuries. This may reflect a decline in the importance of cropping in the backlands as the status of the area rose and formal gardens became the norm. The relative absence of coal ash from Period 2 soils indicates a period of sediment accumulation when little ash was being deposited. Turf, used initially for construction and then for manure, may have been the source of sediment at this time.
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Stephen P Carter
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2010
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0 903903 66 0
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Subject - Auto Detected: Ash
Subject - Auto Detected: Coal Ash
Subject - Auto Detected: Midden
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09-02-2015