Experimental Iron Age Storage Pits: An Interim Report

Author(s): Peter J. Reynolds

Year: 1974


The aim of this paper is to explain the principles of the storage of grain in underground pits and to present an interim summary of the results so far obtained from a long-term series of grain storage experiments and their implications. At the outset it must be made clear that the trends indicated by the results are, in fact, trends and that the implications presented are to be considered accordingly. A major problem that besets any experimental research programme, especially in the field of agriculture, is the need for consistent and long-term replication of specific experiments in order to gain sound and reliable data. However, it is equally important that interim results should be published both to present the problems suggested by those results and to avoid the possible duplication of work by ‘ad hoc’ exercises. The basic point so far appreciated is the great need to focus much more attention on the careful acquisition of the raw archaeological data from excavations in such a way that valid comparisons between feature types can be made and that subsequent experimental work can have a statistically proven basis.

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Experimental Iron Age Storage Pits: An Interim Report. Peter J. Reynolds. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 40: 118-131. 1974 ( tDAR id: 414456) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8414456

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Temporal Keywords
Iron Age

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Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

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ExArc Id(s): 705


Rights & Attribution: Christine Shaw contributed a copy of this document to the collection. EXARC thanks her for her dedication for preserving the Butser Ancient Farm Archive.

General Note: More information about the Butser Ancient Farm Archive and this document can be found at Butser.org.uk

Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.

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