Staff Profile:Dr Petra Dark

Responsibilities:
Areas of Interest:
  • Human activity and long-term environment change
  • The effects of climate change on land use
  • The archaeology of plant disease

Petra's interests include the analysis of pollen and other plant remains to shed light on the role of human activity in long-term environment change, the effects of climate change on land use, the archaeology of plant disease, and landscape archaeology. Research areas include the early Mesolithic site of Star Carr, Mesolithic-Neolithic environments in the Severn Estuary, and Hadrians Wall.

She is the author of The Environment of Britain in the First Millennium AD; and co-author of The Landscape of Roman Britain, and Star Carr in Context: new archaeological and palaeoecological investigations at the Early Mesolithic site of Star Carr, North Yorkshire.

Research groups / Centres:
Publications:

Allen, J. R. L. and Dark, P. (2008) Seasonality of modern pollen and sediment deposition in an estuarine context: the Severn Estuary Levels, southwest England. Journal of Quaternary Science, 23 (3). pp. 213-228. ISSN 0267-8179 Item availability restricted.

Allen, J. R. L., Lamb, A. L. and Dark, P. (2007) Seasonality of delta C-13 and C/N ratios in modern and mid-holocene sediments in the Severn Estuary levels, SW Britain. Holocene, 17 (1). pp. 139-144. ISSN 0959-6836 Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. (2006) Climate deterioration and land-use change in the first millennium BC: perspectives from the British palynological record. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33 (10). pp. 1381-1395. ISSN 0305-4403 Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. (2006) First farmers: The origins of agricultural societies. American Journal of Archaeology, 110 (3). pp. 503-504. ISSN 0002-9114 Item availability restricted.

Dark, P., Higham, T. F. G., Jacobi, R. and Lord, T. C. (2006) New radiocarbon accelerator dates on artefacts from the early Mesolithic site of Star Carr, North Yorkshire. Archaeometry, 48 . pp. 185-200. ISSN 0003-813X Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. (2005) Mid- to late-Holocene vegetational and land-use change in the Hadrian's Wall region: a radiocarbon-dated pollen sequence from Crag Lough, Northumberland, England. Journal of Archaeological Science, 32 (4). pp. 601-618. ISSN 0305-4403 Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. and Allen, J. R. L. (2005) Seasonal deposition of Holocene banded sediments in the Severn Estuary Levels (southwest Britain): palynological and sedimentological evidence. Quaternary Science Reviews, 24 (1-2). pp. 11-33. ISSN 0277-3791 Item availability restricted.

Bell, M., Allen, J. R. L., Buckley, S., Dark, P. and Nayling, N. (2004) Mesolithic to Neolithic coastal environmental change: excavations at Goldcliff East, 2003 and research at Redwick. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, 14 . pp. 1-26. Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. (2004) Archaeology and environment. In: Bogucki, P. and Crabtree, P.J. (eds.) Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World. Scribner's/Macmillan, New York. Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. (2004) Farming in the first millennium AD: British agriculture between Julius Caesar and William the Conqueror. Antiquity, 78 (299). pp. 222-224. ISSN 0003-598X Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. (2004) New evidence for the antiquity of the intestinal parasite Trichuris (whipworm) in Europe. Antiquity, 78 (301). pp. 676-681. ISSN 0003-598X Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. (2004) Plant remains as evidence for seasonality of site use in the Mesolithic period. Environmental Archaeology, 9 . pp. 39-45. ISSN 1749-6314 Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. (2004) Review of Fowler, Farming in the First Millennium AD. Antiquity, 78 (299). pp. 222-224. Item availability restricted.

Bell, M., Allen, J. R. L., Buckley, S., Dark, P. and Haslett, S.K. (2003) Mesolithic to Neolithic coastal environmental change: excavations at Goldcliff East, 2002. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, 13 . pp. 1-29. Item availability restricted.

Dark, P. (2003) Dogs, a crane (not duck) and diet at Star Carr: a response to Schulting and Richards. Journal of Archaeological Science, 30 (10). pp. 1353-1356. ISSN 0305-4403 Item availability restricted.

Qualifications:
MA (Cambridge), DPhil (Oxford)

 

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