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Archaeological evidence of environmental change

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Pollen analysis, particularly combined with data from other animal, vegetable and mineral remains on archaeological sites, can yield much information on climatic conditions and the development of agriculture in prehistory. There remain, however, considerable problems of interpretation where the indications from different sources are at variance.

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