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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.

Photograph of archaeological oak charcoal fragment
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 a workshop joint with the Archaeobotanical Workgroup (AWG) on Sunday 22nd April at the University of Birmingham. It will follow the Association for Environmental Archaeology’s (AEA) Spring one-day conference Pests of Society at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 21 April. The workshop will cover aspects of damage (insect and/or rot) to timbers and archaeobotanical assemblages. As well as guest speakers there will be an opportunity for a microscope session; examining reference materials as well as participants’ own.
If you have any questions about the meeting, please email Zoë Hazell or Ruth Pelling.

Minutes of previous meetings

Photograph of pollarded oak trees
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:


Stack of cut poplar timbers
Poplar timbers from Aynho © Dana Challinor
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Ruth Pelling

Senior Archaeobotanist

Fort Cumberland,
Fort Cumberland Road,
P04 9LD

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Zoe Hazell
Zoë Hazell

Senior Palaeoecologist

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