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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 706: Defining Forests: Forest Management in Long Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, III - Exploiting and Managing Forests

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:David Wallace-Hare, Department of Classics, University of Toronto
Moderator/Chair:Bernhard Muigg, Institut für Forstwissenschaften, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Paper 706-aExploiting Woodlands: Evidence from an Early Medieval Crannog
(Language: English)
Marie-Therese Barrett, School of Natural & Built Environment Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 706-bLand Clearing and Forest Use in Early Medieval Luxembourg: Testimony from Toponymy
(Language: English)
Sam Mersch, Luxembourg Center for Contemporary & Digital History Université du Luxembourg
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Geography and Settlement Studies, Onomastics
Paper 706-cWoodland Management in North-Western France between 250 and 1000
(Language: English)
Vincent Bernard, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) Université de Rennes 1
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Economics - Rural, Technology

Forests often represented border areas between cultivated land and wilderness and almost always contained important resources whose ownership was hotly contended and controlled. This multi-session series provides a cross-disciplinary approach examining forest use during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (3rd-10th century CE) combining written sources, archaeological evidence, and proxy data. Forests provided valuable resources (e.g. timber, fuelwood, acorns) for past societies but have only recently come under intense scholarly scrutiny in the last decades. Session III focuses on exploitation and management of woodland resources during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages from historical, archaeological, and dendrochronological perspectives.