A RADIOCARBON-DATED POLLEN DIAGRAM FROM NORTH-WEST SCOTLAND

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A series of radiocarbon dates from critical levels in a pollen diagram from a site near Scourie, Sutherlandshire, proves the recorded events to be much younger than the trend of the pollen curves would suggest. Evidence of pine forest growing in the area during the late Atlantic and Sub-boreal confirms earlier observations that these forests persisted in north-west Scotland later than in many other parts of the British Isles. The extremely slow rate of accumulation between about 420 cm and 455 cm, 1320 years, implies a break in deposition, but there is no biostratigraphic or lithostratigraphic evidence of this.

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