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Anette Overland, University of Stavanger.

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Biography

I am a palaeoecologist working on long-term environmental change in Norway and Ireland. In both countries I have worked on research projects relating to the reconstruction of past human impact and vegetation dynamics, closely interlinked with archaeological survey and excavation. My PhD involved detailed palaeoecological investigations on peats, mineral soils and lake sediments at Barrees, Beara peninsula, Co. Cork, Ireland, in the context of the archaeological project ‘Marginal Landscapes: Upland Settlement in Late Prehistoric Ireland’. Pollen analysis was the main investigative tool, complemented by 14C dating, macrofossil and fossil wood analyses, and physical measurements including magnetic susceptibility and loss-on-ignition. This work, in particular, provided an environmental context for the Bronze Age to medieval period upland local farming activity in Barrees, through reconstruction of landscape patterns, woodland dynamics, peat initiation and blanket bog development. I have also recently worked as a palaeoecologist on the excavation of ‘The Mill at Kilbegly’, along the N6 Ballinasloe to Athlone National Road Scheme, where my palaeobotanical work provided an environmental context for the medieval horizontal mill and its operation. In Norway I have been investigating the use of clearance cairns in the Iron Age and Medieval period through the project 'Management of arable remnants in outfields', funded by the Research Council of Norway. I am currently based in the Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger, Norway.

Contact

Anette.Overland@gmail.com

Research Interests

Reconstruction of Holocene climate change and human impact on the environment (vegetation, soils and landscape) - palaeoecology - environmental archaeology - pollen analysis - plant macrofossil analysis.

Themes

Earth, Air, Fire, Water.

Selected Publications

Overland, A. and O’Connell, M. (in press) Pollen analytical investigations at Kilbegly 2, Co. Roscommon, on the route of the N6 Ballinasloe to Athlone national road scheme: towards providing new insights into the environmental impact of local farming and technological developments in the medieval period, In: Jackman, N., Moore, C. and Rynne, C. (eds.), The Mill at Kilbegly and other archaeological excavations on the route of the N6 Ballinasloe to Athlone National Road Scheme. National Roads Authority.

Overland, A. and O’Connell, M. (2011) New insights into late Holocene farming and woodland dynamics in western Ireland with particular reference to the early medieval horizontal watermill at Kilbegly, Co. Roscommon, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 163, 205-226.

Overland, A. (2010) Palaeoecological investigations at Barrees, In: McCarron, S.G. and Stefanini, B.S. (eds.), The Beara Peninsula. IQUA Field guide No 28. Dublin: Irish Quaternary Association.

Hjelle, K.L., Halvorsen, L.S. and Overland, A. (2010) Heathland development and relationship between man and environment along the coast of western Norway through time, Quaternary International, 220, 133-146.

Overland, A. and O’Connell, M. (2009) Palaeoecological investigations in the Barrees Valley, In: O’Brien, W. (ed.), Local worlds. Upland Farming and Early Settlement Landscapes in Southwest Ireland. Cork: The Collins Press, 285-322.

Overland, A., O'Connell, M. and O'Brien, W. (2009) Beara, SW Ireland: A Liminal Cultural Landscape, In: Krzywinski, K., O'Connell, M., Küster, H. (eds.), Cultural Landscapes of Europe. Fields of Demeter, Haunts of Pan. Bremen: Aschenbeck Media, 164-165.

Overland, A., O'Connell, M. and O'Brien, W. (2009) Beara, SV Irland: Et Gjemt Kulturlandskap, In: Krzywinski, K., O'Connell, M., Küster, H. (eds.), Europas Kulturlandskaper, Pans Rike, Demeters Akrer. Bremen: Aschenbeck Media, 164-165.

Overland, A., O'Connell, M. and O'Brien, W. (2009) Beara Im Südwesten Irlands: Eine Verborgene Kulturlandschaft, In: Krzywinski, K., O'Connell, M., Küster, H. (eds.), Europäische Kulturlandschaften. Wo Demeter ihre Felder hat und Pan zu Hause ist. Bremen: Aschenbeck Media, 164-165.

Overland, A. and Hjelle, K.L. (2009) From forest to open pastures and fields - cultural landscape development in western Norway inferred from two pollen records representing different spatial scales of vegetation, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 18, 459-476.

Overland, A. and O’Connell, M. (2008) Fine-spatial paleoecological investigations towards reconstructing late Holocene environmental change, landscape evolution and farming activity in Barrees, Beara peninsula, southwestern Ireland, Journal of the North Atlantic, 1, 37-73.

Hjelle, K.L., Bjune, A.E. and Overland, A. (2005) Vegetasjonshistoriske undersøkelser i forbindelse med Ormen Lange-prosjektet, Gossen, Aukra kommune, Møre og Romsdal [Reconstruction of vegetation history in connection with the Ormen Lange project, Gossen, Aukra municipality, Møre og Romsdal]. In: Arkeologisk registrering på Gossen/Nyhamna, Aukra kommune. Ormen-Lange prosjektet. Kulturhistoriske skrifter og rapporter 3. Molde: Kulturavdelinga. Møre og Romsdal fylke [ Archaeological survey at Gossen/Nyhamna, Aukra municipality . Ormen-Lange project. Cultural historical papers and reports 3. Cultural Department, Molde. Møre og Romsdal]. ISBN 82-994162-4-8. pp. 203-236.

Hjelle, K.L. and Overland, A. (2005) Naturvitenskapelige undersøkelser i forbindelse med Ormen Lange prosjektet - Stavneset i Averøy kommune, Møre og Romsdal [Palynological investigations in connection with the Ormen Lange project - Staveneset in Averøy municipality, Møre og Romsdal]. I: Arkeologisk registrering på Stavneset, Averøy kommune. Ormen Lange-prosjektet. Kulturhistoriske skrifter og rapporter 2. Molde: Kulturavdelinga. Møre og Romsdal fylke [Archaeological surveys at Stavneset, Averøy municipality. Ormen Lange project. Cultural historical papers and reports 2. Cultural Department, Molde, Møre og Romsdal]. ISBN 82-994162-4-8, pp. 85-112.

Hjelle, K.L. and Overland, A. (2005) Vegetasjonshistoriske undersøkelser i forbindelse med Ormen Lange prosjektet - Helland og Baraldsnes i Haram kommune, Møre og Romsdal. [Reconstructions of vegetation history in connection with the Ormen Lange project - Helland and Baraldsnes in Haram municipality, Møre og Romsdal] I: Arkeologisk registrering på Baraldsneset Haram kommune. Ormen Lange-prosjektet. Kulturhistoriske skrifter og rapporter 1. Molde: Møre og Romsdal fylke, Kulturavdelinga [Archaeological surveys at Baraldsneset Haram municipality. Ormen-Lange project. Cultural historical papers and reports 1. Cultural Department, Molde, Møre og Romsdal]. ISBN 82-994162-1-3, pp. 149-170.

Overland, A. and Hjelle, K.L. (2004) Agrare kulturminner i utmark - pollenanalyse i tilknytning til rydningsrøysfelt [Arable remnants in outfields - pollen analysis in the context of clearance cairns]. I: Holm, I. (red.) Forvaltning av agrare kulturminner i utmark. Bergen: Universitetet i Bergen [Management of arable remnants in outfields . Bergen: University of Bergen]. ISBN 82-497-0268-9. pp. 253-311 .

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