Wood Charcoal Analysis in Archaeology

  • Ceren Kabukcu
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


This chapter examines historical and recent methodological developments in the field of wood charcoal analysis (anthracology). A key aim is to outline various approaches to research questions relating to the reconstruction of past vegetation cover, fuel wood use practices and palaeoecology. Ethnoarchaeological, experimental and archaeological applications are discussed, in order to demonstrate how anthracologists have addressed the question of the representativeness of wood charcoal remains from archaeological sites in relation to fuel wood use and selection and how their study informs the reconstruction of past woodland composition and growth conditions and human impacts on the environment.


Archaeobotany Anthracology Palaeoecology Fuel use Woodland management 


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