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Using experimental archaeology and micromorphology to reconstruct timber-framed buildings from Roman Silchester: a new approach

  • Rowena Y. Banerjea (a1), Michael Fulford (a1), Martin Bell (a1), Amanda Clarke (a1) and Wendy Matthews (a1)...
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Determining the internal layout of archaeological structures and their uses has always been challenging, particularly in timber-framed or earthen-walled buildings where doorways and divisions are difficult to trace. In temperate conditions, soil-formation processes may hold the key to understanding how buildings were used. The abandoned Roman town of Silchester, UK, provides a case study for testing a new approach that combines experimental archaeology and micromorphology. The results show that this technique can provide clarity to previously uncertain features of urban architecture.

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