Establishing a lithostratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental framework for the investigation of vibracores from the southern North Sea
Whittaker , John
Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
Pivotal to the aims and associated objectives of the Lost Frontiers project, two phases of fieldwork in the southern North Sea resulted in the recovery of 78 cores varying in length from less than 1m to greater than 5m. These cores span a wide geographic space and many topographic locations from the top of the Doggerbank to a submerged palaeovalley system off the Norfolk coast (Figure 7.1). Additionally, some cores targeted geomorphological saddles between drowned valleys and the interfluves between palaeovalley systems, while others were taken on the margins of assumed submerged lakes or estuaries. This paper sets out our methodology and rationale for the development of a lithostratigraphic and subsequent multiproxy palaeoenvironmental analytical workflow, for the assessment and analysis of cores deemed to be of greatest potential to reconstruct the landscape evolution of Doggerland. Such investigations assisted in the initial provision of first order geological and geomorphological settings for the recovered cores, to guide the subsequent identification of the most appropriate proxy assessments to be applied.
Doggerbank , Submerged palaeovalley system , Norfolk coast , Doggerland , Lithostratigraphic and subsequent multiproxy palaeoenvironmental analytical workflow
Bates, M., Gearey, B., Hill, T., Smith, D., Whittaker, J. and Kavanagh, E. (2022) 'Establishing a lithostratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental framework for the investigation of vibracores from the southern North Sea', in Gaffney, V. and Fitch, S. (eds.) Europe's Lost Frontiers: Volume 1: Context and Methodology. Oxford, UK: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, pp. 100-111. Available at: https://doi.org/10.32028/9781803272689 (Accessed: 17 October 2023)