Session 806: Defining Forests: Forest Management in Long Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, IV - Change and Continuity in Forest Management
Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00
|Bernhard Muigg, Institut für Forstwissenschaften, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
|Marco Panato, Department of History, University of Nottingham
|Woodland Management in Late Antique and Early Medieval South-West Germany: Evidence from Tree Rings and Charcoals
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Economics - Rural, Local History
|Forest Regeneration after Late Antiquity in Central to Western Europe
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Economics - Rural
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 panel 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. construction timber, fuelwood) for past societies but have only recently come under intense scholarly scrutiny in the last decades. Session IV examines changing forest resource management strategies during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages and includes a round table discussion capping the series.
These papers will be followed by a discussion incorporating participants from across the Defining Forests sessions, entitled 'Defining Late Antique and Early Medieval Forests: A State of the Question'.