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Fuelling Ancient Mediterranean Cities: A Framework for Charcoal Research (2013)


This chapter provides a framework for examining ancient Mediterranean cities' fuel supplies. Archaeological charcoal is at the heart of this approach but aspects of the historic sources are also considered and a case study of Pompeii's fuel economy is briefly overviewed in line with the methodology suggested. New scientific techniques beyond simple charcoal identification as to wood type have started to appear and are discussed in terms of their usefulness for examining forest management and consumption. The chapter aims to encourage researchers to collect charcoal, and shows the detailed ways in which it can now be used to examine a city's fuel supply. Indeed the relevance of studying ancient wood fuel remains appears to have become greater today as we consider modern problems of climate change, and the potential of pelletized wood as a part of our fuel future.

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Authors & Contributors
Harris, William V.
Genovese, A.
Cocca, T.
Jashemski, Wilhelmina Mary Feemster
Meyer, Frederick G.
Ciarallo, Annamaria
Journal of the History of Biology
Environment and History
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Archives of Natural History
Cambridge University Press
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Giunti, Firenze musei
Yale University Press
Edizioni ETS
Environmental history
Forests and forestry
Charcoal and charcoal industry
Energy resources and technologies
Duhamel du Monceau, Henri Louis
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
18th century
Rome (Italy)
Mediterranean region
Pompeii (Italy)
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

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