Sound identification of charcoal fragments from African tropical rain forests
What is it about?
Charcoal from archaeological sites can inform about the vegetation that had been exploited by past societies. In tree-rich environments such as tropical forests, it is difficult, and in many cases impossible, to assign a charcoal type to one definite tree species based on wood structure alone. Instead charcoal types often include smaller and larger groups of different trees. In the paper we describe how we proceed in order to reach valid and reliable identifications. In the Supplementary Online Material charcoal types from a site in Cameroon are described and depicted.
Why is it important?
The history of the African rain forest is still enigmatic. Soil charcoal and archaeological charcoal are a valuable evidence of past changes, but it is necessary to have a common reference base in assigning charcoal types to tree species or groups of species.
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