Fueling the Furnace. An interdisciplinary study of forest soils as geoarchaeological archives

01 October 2018 → 30 September 2024
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Geoarchaeology
    • Theory and methodology of archaeology not elsewhere classified
    • Other history and archaeology not elsewhere classified
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology not elsewhere classified
early medieval iron smelting geo-archaeology charcoal production luminescence chronometry
Project description

This project aims at investigating the early medieval exploitation of forests for charcoal production in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary manner. Through a synergy between archaeology, pedology, geostatistics, mineralogy and geochronology, it seeks to significantly improve our understanding and methodological approach towards the potential of woodland soils as archives of human-landscape interaction, with particular reference to processes of resource procurement in natural environment.