Modern Coleoptera from Non-Cereal Thatch: A Poor Analogue for Roofing Material from the Archaeological Record

David Smith, J Letts, M Jones

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    Abstract

    Five Coleoptera faunas recovered from modern non-cereal roofing thatches (potato stem, bracken, water reed, heather and gorse) were analysed to determine whether phytophage taxa contained in the thatch would correspond to the material used. The absence of matching phytophage species suggests that these insects would have limited potential to allow the identification of these types of roofing material in the archaeological record.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)171-178
    Number of pages8
    JournalEnvironmental Archaeology
    Volume10
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

    Keywords

    • COLEOPTERA,
    • ROOFING THATCH MATERIALS
    • MODERN PARALLELS
    • PALAEOENTOMOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION

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