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Can we prove wood management in the past (and why is that important)?
European wood and pollen data sets from periods as early as the Mesolithic and Neolithic have been inter-preted as indicative of woodland management such as coppicing and pollarding. To study woodland man-agement in the past, a first important question is actually whether it is possible at all to see the difference between managed and unmanaged (natural) branches. A model was developed that predicts the branch age/diameter of managed and unmanaged trees. Measurements of branches of modern-day managed and unmanaged hazel, alder, ash, willow and oak have been used to make scatter plots and these are compared to the model. The results show that wood of managed and unmanaged trees can be distinguished to a certain extent. Different growth conditions and growth mechanisms have been explored and adjustments have been made to the model. Several archaeological case studies will be presented. A challenge for future research is to collect large quantities of age/diameter measurements from archaeological sites.
(Der Vortrag ist in englischer Sprache).
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