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Quaternary of the Trent

By: David R Bridgland (Editor), Andy J Howard (Editor), Mark J White (Editor), Tom S White (Editor)

434 pages, 16 plates with colour & b/w photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables, includes CD-ROM

Oxbow Books

Hardback | Oct 2011 | #226948 | ISBN-13: 9781842174616
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NHBS Price: £29.99 $37/€34 approx

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Language: English with trilingual summary in English, French and German

This book is an integrated overview and synthesis of available data relating to the Quaternary evolution of the River Trent. It provides detailed descriptions of the Pleistocene sedimentary records from the Trent, its tributaries and related drainage systems – a sedimentary record that spans a period of approximately half a million years – and the biostratigraphical and archaeological material preserved therein.

Significant new data are presented from recently discovered sites of geological and archaeological importance, including previously unrecognised fluvial deposits, as well as novel analyses, such as mathematical modelling of fluvial incision as recorded by the river terrace deposits. In combination with a thorough review of the literature on the Trent, these new data have contributed to revised chronostratigraphical and palaeogeographical frameworks for central England and revealed the complexity of the Pleistocene fluvial and glacial records in this region. The fragmentary Trent terrace sequence is an important element of wider reconstructions of Pleistocene palaeodrainage in Britain, providing a link between the records preserved in the English Midlands and those in East Anglia.

A CD-ROM with six appendices in included in the back of the book.


1. Introduction: compiling the Pleistocene record from the Trent
2. Geology: sedimentological and geomorphological data from the TVPP
3. Palaeontology: data from fossils for palaeo-environments and biostratigraphy
4. Gravel extraction: history of the aggregates industry in the Trent valley
5. Archaeology: the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic record from the Trent catchment
6. Synthesis: the Pleistocene evolution and human occupation of the Trentki

Appendices on CD-ROM
I. Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating of Pleistocene sediments from the Trent valley
II. Clast-lithological analysis: supplementary data
III. Amino Acid Racemization Analysis
IV. Pleistocene Vertebrate Collections from the Trent
V. Palaeolithic Artefact Collections Analysed as part of the TVPP
VI. Experimental study of handaxe abrasion

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