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Tree remains in southern Pennine peats

Naturevolume 256pages482484 (1975) | Download Citation



RECENT work in Ireland1–3, Wales4, and south-west England5 has demonstrated the coincidence in time of the onset of blanket peat accumulation with increased levels of prehistoric human activity in the vicinity; since many upland blanket bog areas in the British Isles have remains of trees embedded within the basal peat layers, it has been suggested that these tree remains represent a former forest cover, the deliberate clearance of which led directly to blanket peat formation. That is to say, the tree remains are assumed to immediately predate the oldest blanket peat layers.

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  1. Department of Botany, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

    • J. H. TALLIS


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