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Considerations on the nature and origin of wood-fuel from gallo-roman cremations, in the Languedoc region (southern France). Réflexions sur la nature et l'origine des bois utilisées dans la crémation gallo-romaine, en Languedoc (Sud de la France).

Abstract : A surprising variety of woods has been identified while studying wood-fuel from gallo-roman cremations, in the Languedoc region. A minimum of 34 species, both shrubby and arboreal, is recorded. The recycling of pruning remains is particularly noticed. No significant differences between rural and urban cremation burials are observed. The diversified taxonomic spectrum suggests that, in general, no particular selection was carried out. As a result data thus obtained may also provide information on local vegetation, local ecology and plant biogeography. It is possible however, that in certain occasions, particular species might have been selected for symbolic reasons. Results obtained point to the existence of a coherent supply system, without a standard procedure and without precise and / or restrictive rules.
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Isabel Figueiral, Laurent Fabre, Valérie Bel. Considerations on the nature and origin of wood-fuel from gallo-roman cremations, in the Languedoc region (southern France). Réflexions sur la nature et l'origine des bois utilisées dans la crémation gallo-romaine, en Languedoc (Sud de la France).. Quaternaire, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2010, 3 (21), p. 325-331. ⟨halshs-00740579⟩

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