Wooden artefacts from prehistoric sites provide a wealth of information, including on early woodworking technologies and woodland management practices. Wood, however, does not survive well in the archaeological record, with recovery often only possible in waterlogged deposits or arid conditions. This project aims to understand the survival and degradation of prehistoric wooden artefacts (including carbonised materials) under different burial conditions, to properly contextualise the technological repertoire at archaeological sites - particularly to understand what is missing.
PhD starting October 2021 and recruiting now.
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