Session “Charcoal for archaeologists” (26th EAA Annual Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, 26-30 August 2020)

Propositions jusqu’au 13 février 2020. Pour plus d’informations :

Theme: 5. Theories and methods in archaeology: interactions between disciplines. Regular session n° 407.


The remains of charred wood are present at archaeological sites often and in abundance. If recovered and studied, they are a valuable resource of information on the relations between ancient populations and their environment (specially its wooded or forested part), which might have existed for economic, ecologic, social, ritual or other purposes. Despite of its potential, methodological developments and establishment in archaeological practice, contributions of anthracological and dendrological (dendro-anthracological) analyses to contemporary archaeological debate is rare. The aims of this session are 1.) to demonstrate that analyses of charcoal fragments from archaeological sites do provide highly (sometimes the only!) relevant and necessary data for addressing the issues of changes of the palaeovegetation and past landscapes, palaeoclimate, physiognomy of past plant formations, prehistoric and historic forest management, utilization of wooded plants by ancient people, past carpentry technology, etc.; 2.) to draw speakers who would use theoretical, methodological or practical examples to explain to wider scholarly audience the possibilities of anthracology and the limits of archaeological interpretations and reasonings, if charcoal analyses is not performed or performed by not up to date methods.


Charcoal, anthracology, dendro-anthracology, methods, past technologies, palaeoenvironment

Main organiser

Hajnalova, Maria (Slovakia), Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra


Blondel, François (France), ARTEHIS UMR 6298

Details Session Organiser

Hajnalova, Maria
Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra

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