Forests and foragers: exploitation of wood resources by Mesolithic and para-Neolithic societies in north-eastern Poland

  title={Forests and foragers: exploitation of wood resources by Mesolithic and para-Neolithic societies in north-eastern Poland},
  author={Agnieszka Wacnik and Witold Gumiński and Katarzyna Cywa and Karolina Bugajska},
  journal={Vegetation History and Archaeobotany},
Newly acquired palaeobotanical data, including pollen, charred and uncharred wood, provided an exhaustive overview of the temporal changes in woodlands, which changes are due to the cumulative effect of natural processes and the long-term impact of pre-agrarian societies. We used the unique advantage of the peat bog archaeological site at Szczepanki located on an island in the former Lake Staświn (Masurian Lake District) to get an overview of wood exploitation throughout the Stone Age. Special… 

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