Can't find a pulse? Celtic bean (Vicia faba L.) in British prehistory

Edward R. Treasure, Mike J. Church
2016 Environmental Archaeology  
Treasure, E. R. and Church, M. J. (2016) 'Can't nd a pulse? Celtic bean (Vicia faba L.) in British prehistory.', Environmental archaeology. . Further information on publisher's website: http://dx. The full-text may be used and/or reproduced, and given to third parties in any format or medium, without prior permission or charge, for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-prot purposes provided that: • a full bibliographic reference is made to the original source • a link is made to
more » ... he metadata record in DRO • the full-text is not changed in any way The full-text must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders. Please consult the full DRO policy for further details. Archaeobotanical research on prehistoric crops in Britain has primarily focussed on cereals and the potential importance of alternative crops, such as pulses, has often been overlooked. This paper reviews evidence for Celtic bean (Vicia faba L.) in British prehistory, using a database of archaeobotanical assemblages from 75 sites. Celtic bean is rare in the Neolithic -Early Bronze Age and it only becomes frequent from the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 1500 cal BC) onwards, particularly in southern England. Though there is a paucity of evidence at many sites, it is suggested that this reflects a preservation bias and in some areas at least, Celtic bean formed an important element of past agricultural systems.
doi:10.1080/14614103.2016.1153769 fatcat:alnk3v56bvbuxhs3sjb4ufcywq