Charcoal identification
Document Type: Book
Author(s): R. C. Koeppen
Publication Year: 1972

Cataloging Information

  • charcoal
  • fuel management
  • fungi
  • hardwoods
  • paleoecology
  • soil organisms
  • wood
  • wood properties
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38789
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13402
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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From the text ... 'Charcoal is largely unaffected by fungi or other woods destroying organisms. Consequently, it will persist in soil for great periods of time and often turns up in archaeological diggings and paleobotanical studies. The identification of such charcoal is often desirable because it may provide a record of paleoclimatic changes or have significance as evidence of ancient cultural practices. Identification is possible because the anatomical features of the wood remain intact during the carbonization process.'

Koeppen, R. C. 1972. Charcoal identification. Research Note FPL-0217. Madison, WI, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory.