Archaeological Charcoal Analysis in New Zealand

  • Rod Wallace Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Auckland
  • Simon J Holdaway
Keywords: charcoal identification, floral remains, fire history, New Zealand archaeological hearths

Abstract

Charcoal is well preserved and abundant in many New Zealand archaeological sites. When identified to species it provides a means of reconstructing past vegetation communities adjacent to occupation sites. However, the way charcoal deposits accumulated needs to be considered before species identifications are converted into vegetation reconstructions. Here a number of examples from New Zealand archaeological sites illustrate how charcoal identification when combined with a consideration of the contexts from which samples are derived allow inferences to be made about human interaction with the fire histories of past vegetation communities.

Published
2017-09-06
How to Cite
Wallace, R. and Holdaway, S. (2017) “Archaeological Charcoal Analysis in New Zealand”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 8(2), pp. 17-30. Available at: http://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/205 (Accessed: 23June2018).
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