Field collection of Archaeological Wood and Charcoal
Pompeii outside the city walls (Photo: Veal)
Charcoal (and occasionally wood) can be recovered during archaeological excavation using a number of sampling techniques, and basic equipment. The first file below, accessible by download, provides an overview of the recovery methods and equipment needed, and the different uses to which archaeological charcoal may be put to assist in answering dating, landscape, cultural and economic questions. An alternative file in Italian is also provided. This also covers more generally, different strategies for environmental data collection, as well as the building of an environmental flotation machine.