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date: 19 October 2019

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This chapter discusses the types of smaller portable wooden artefact found in wetlands. It also considers the survival and deposition of materials; methods for examining wooden objects; and the style, form, and cultural sensitivity of wooden objects. Wooden portable items, like any other parts of material culture, have a clear role to play in our understanding of the past. Their survival and the detailed individual stories they can tell can be remarkable, potentially showing in a single find a story that extends from creation, to use, to repair, to final deposition. However, broad patterns of use, methodological developments, and subtleties of stylistic change over time and space can sometimes be difficult to trace.

Keywords: wooden artefacts, wetland sites, wetland archaeology, material culture, cultural sensitivity

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