Quaternary of the Trent

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David R. Bridgland, Andy J. Howard, Mark J. White, Tom S. White
Oxbow Books, Mar 31, 2014 - Social Science - 416 pages
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This volume is an integrated overview and synthesis of available data relating to the Quaternary evolution of the River Trent. It provides detailed descriptions of the Pleistocene sedimentary records from the Trent, its tributaries and related drainage systems - a sedimentary record that spans a period of approximately half a million years - and the biostratigraphical and archaeological material preserved therein. Significant new data are presented from recently discovered sites of geological and archaeological importance, including previously unrecognised fluvial deposits, as well as novel analyses, such as mathematical modelling of fluvial incision as recorded by the river terrace deposits. In combination with a thorough review of the literature on the Trent, these new data have contributed to revised chronostratigraphical and palaeogeographical frameworks for central England and revealed the complexity of the Pleistocene fluvial and glacial records in this region. The fragmentary Trent terrace sequence is an important element of wider reconstructions of Pleistocene palaeodrainage in Britain, providing a link between the records preserved in the English Midlands and those in East Anglia.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
52
Chapter 3
156
Chapter 4
236
Chapter 5
243
Chapter 6
295
References
373
Index
407
Plates
419
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Andy J. Howard is a Quaternary geologist with over 20 years' experience of investigating and unraveling the geoarchaeological histories of river valleys. He now runs his own landscape research consultancy as well as holding a Honorary Fellowship within the Department of Archaeology at the University of Durham.

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