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Section through oak tree trunk showing annual rings © Historic England
Section through oak tree trunk showing annual rings © Historic England

Charcoal and Wood Work Group

The Charcoal and Wood Work Group (CWWG) is aimed primarily at British specialists, working on British or international material. The group aims to foster communication and dissemination of ideas between specialists engaged in different studies of historical wood utilisation, such as wood-working technologists and wood anatomists, and also between those employed as freelancers or in commercial units and universities, as well as students.

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Fragment of deciduous oak charcoal showing evidence of 'vitrification' recovered from a late 1st century AD layer associated with repair to the seating bank of Chester amphitheatre © English Heritage

CWWG meetings

Next meeting 2018

The next CWWG meeting will be on Sunday 18th November at the University of Bradford, following the ‘Celebrating our Woodland Heritage' Conference 16-18 November 2018.
The day will begin with an excursion to Hirst Wood, followed by lunch and an afternoon seminar/discussion session on ‘Experimental approaches to charcoal and wood analysis’.  Speakers will include Hywel Lewis (University of Bradford), who will be presenting on ‘Using experimental methods to understand waste assemblages at charcoal production sites’.
If anyone would like to contribute as a speaker, or suggest some suitable reading material to be sent out before the meeting, please email Dana Challinor.

  N.B. You must register separately for the CWWG, even if you have already registered for the main conference. As usual, there will be no charge for the meeting, but attendees are expected to bring a dish/food to share for lunch and there will be a cost of £6 for those wishing to have transport to and from the field trip. Please register and pay for the coach transport by using the options on the link below.

Register for the meeting

Minutes of previous meetings

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Oak pollards at Staverton park, Suffolk © Dana Challinor

CWWG weblist and contact for the group

The Charcoal and Wood weblist provides a digital forum for discussion, the dissemination of notices about conferences, meetings and publications, and promotes communication with international colleagues and researchers.

The CWWG can be contacted through the weblist or contact Dana Challinor direct: [email protected]


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Poplar timbers from Aynho © Dana Challinor
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