Optical dating of a Fimic anthrosol in the southern Netherlands

M. P. Bokhorst, G. A. T. Duller, J. M. Van Mourik

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Plaggen agriculture was the dominant land use system in the Pleistocene cover sand area of Northwest Europe before the introduction of chemical fertilisers. In today's landscape Fimic horizons and driftsand deposits are characteristic survivors of plaggen agriculture. The age and accumulation rate of these phenomena cannot be satisfactorily determined by conventional methods like pollen analysis and radiocarbon dating. The results of optical dating applied to a Fimic horizon of a plaggen soil near Weert (Netherlands) are compared with those from conventional methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-553
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number4
Early online date11 Feb 2005
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


  • Cover sand
  • Dating techniques
  • Driftsand
  • Fimic Anthrosol
  • Holocene
  • Netherlands
  • Optically stimulated luminescence
  • Plaggen agriculture


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