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date: 22 February 2024

fen 

Source:
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology
Author(s):

Timothy Darvill

[Ge]A marshy wetland characterized by alkaline conditions such as occur between fresh water and dry land along lake margins, in river cut‐offs, or extensive wet shallows bordering river estuaries. Fens present an early stage in the progressive colonization of shallow water, the carr stage being next when trees start to establish themselves. The preservation of archaeological remains in fen areas is generally good. ... ...

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