206 pages, 300 illustrations
This technical and well-illustrated guide for archaeologists and conservators aims to 'provide a methodology for the identification of the woody taxa used to manufacture artefacts recovered from archaeological excavations', to provide the anatomical descriptions of the taxa and to present a list of characters of the taxa. The guide is heavily illustrated with photographs, maps, and tables to allow easy identification.
Part One: Introduction
Part Two: Identification of Northern European Woods
Group 1- Gymnosperms
Group 2- Woods with included phloem
Group 3- The ring porous woods
Group 4- Diffuse porous woods with mostly solidarity pores
Group 5- Diffuse porous woods with solidarity pores, pores in short radial files and/or clusters
Group 6- Diffuse porous woods with pores in long radial files
Group 7- Diffuse porous woods with pores in clusters
Group 8- Diffuse porous woods with pores in dendritic arrangement
Part Three: Character Tables
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Jon Hather is Senior Lecturer in Archaeobotany at UCL, Institute of Archaeology, London.