Timber for the trenches: a new perspective on archaeological wood from First World War trenches in Flanders Fields

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Date: Dec. 2018
From: Antiquity(Vol. 92, Issue 366)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Document Type: Report
Length: 5,852 words
Lexile Measure: 1430L

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During the First World War (1914-1918), the construction and maintenance of the Western Front in North-west Europe required huge quantities of timber. Although archaeological investigations regularly uncover wellpreserved wooden structures and objects, studies of the timber'sprovenance are rare. The authors combine archival research with wood-species identification and tree-ring analysis of a large assemblage of wooden objects excavated from former trenches on the Western Front. The results show that most objects and structures were made using fast-growing European species, with evidence for the small-scale but continuous importation of North American timber. Keywords: Western Front, First World War, dendrochronology, wood anatomy, battlefield archaeology

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A573714185