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Ancient Fuel Economies: Bronze Age Pran’e Siddi to Roman Gabii by Dr. Robyn Veal, British School at Rome and University of Sydney

Thursday, February 23, 2012
12:00 AM
Ruthven Museums Building Room 2009

The fuel economies of the ancient world have been little studied to date, mostly because of lack of archaeological data, and yet they could not have functioned without wood and wood charcoal fuel. Identification of charcoal remains as to wood types consumed, both temporally and spatially, can provide insight into landscape management and changes, as well as cultural and technological behaviours. New methods in archaeometrical studies of charcoal are providing tools to more closely measure cropping of forests and industrial uses of charcoal. In this presentation, data from the Italian sites currently being examined by the University of Michigan’s own researchers are used to illustrate wood fuel consumption in Bronze Age Sardinia and Republican and Imperial Gabii.