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POLLEN ANALYSIS OF A SEDIMENT CORE AT 8SL17, THE DOUGLAS BEACH SITE

Author(s): Linda Scott Cummings

Year: 1988

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Summary

A sediment core and three bulk samples collected from beneath the Gold

Wreck at the Douglas Beach Site in 1978 represent prehistoric sediments

beneath later Spanish material. The core was collected approximately one

meter below the existing beach sand in approximately 12-15 feet of water.

Three bulk samples were collected for analysis above the core. A dark,

organic layer was included in the core, which may represent a backwater

lagoon. The present backwater lagoon is located behind a barrier island.

The top layer of the core was radiocarbon dated to approximately 5000 BP

(Murphy, personal communication, August 1988). Pollen analysis of these

sediments was designed to address questions of local vegetation,

identification of backwater lagoonal conditions, if present, and to

contribute data for analysis and interpretation of site formation processes.

In addition, the vegetation is discussed with respect to possible

availability of edible portions that may have been exploited by inhabitants

of this site.


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POLLEN ANALYSIS OF A SEDIMENT CORE AT 8SL17, THE DOUGLAS BEACH SITE. Linda Scott Cummings. PRI Technical Report ,1988-031. 1988 ( tDAR id: 376810) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8XD10Z0


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