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date: 16 October 2019

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Palaeoecology is the study of former environments, including the materials and processes of their formation, the ecosystems they supported, and the temporal fluctuations in the relationships between biological organisms. This chapter focuses on the application of palaeoecology to archaeology, and especially wetland archaeology. The discussions cover palaeoenvironmental indicators; palaeoecology and wetlands; wetland archaeology and palaeoecology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; recent developments in wetland palaeoecological investigations; and the range of palaeoecological evidence used in modern investigations.

Keywords: palaeoecology, wetland archaeology, palaeoecological investigations

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