Girling, M. A., (1990). MESOLITHIC AND LATER LANDSCAPES INTERPRETED FROM THE INSECT ASSEMBLAGES OF WEST HEATH SPA, HAMPSTEAD, LONDON. Swindon: English Heritage Research Department.

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MESOLITHIC AND LATER LANDSCAPES INTERPRETED FROM THE INSECT ASSEMBLAGES OF WEST HEATH SPA, HAMPSTEAD, LONDON
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English Heritage Research Department unpublished report series
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englishh2-131180.pdf (495 kB) : Download
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1033568
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Organic samples from a spring on Hampstead Heath, north London provided the results for a pollen diagram covering the time from the early neolithic until the postmedieval period. As the site was small, it covers the vegetation of the dry land exceptionally well. There were also a few seeds that were studied. The results show that there was originally a lime forest. This was cleared in successive phases and replaced by open vegetation with heathland and holly woods. Cereals were grown, and buckwheat. In the latest phase, sweet chestnut, walnut and horse chestnut were planted. Organic samples also contained a number of important beetle faunas. The results indicate old forest with lime, and rotting trees in the early part of the neolithic sequence. Dung beetles appear at the elm decline horizon (later neolithic), and there are less signs of forest and more of damp open soils, pools and of insects feeding upon aquatic vegetation.
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M A Girling
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English Heritage Research Department
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Greater London HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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1990
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Site: West Heath Spa, Hampstead Heath
Parish: HAMPSTEAD
District: CAMDEN
County: GREATER LONDON
Country: England
Location - Auto Detected: Hampstead Heath north London
Grid Reference: 526000, 186500 (Easting, Northing)
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Subjects / Periods:
Find: Insect Remains Early Prehistoric
Find: Plant Remains Early Prehistoric
Monus: Forest Early Prehistoric
Medieval
Temporal - Auto Detected: Later Neolithic
Early Neolithic
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OASIS Id: englishh2-131180
OBIB: 14/1990
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A4 bound report of 13pp.
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28 Nov 2016
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