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date: 21 October 2019

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The archaeological survey and excavation of trackways, roads, and causeways through bogs and fens has formed a major part of the development of wetland archaeology in many European countries. Wooden trackways were recorded in bogs in many countries in the nineteenth century, but it is only in the last forty years that systematic fieldwork projects have been developed to record them. Wooden trackways provide a range of insights into past lives and landscapes; into the choices and decisions people took in deciding to lay a routeway into the bogs and fens. This chapter discusses trackway distribution and fieldwork in Europe; the character and purpose of trackways; trackways and ritual deposition; trackways and changing woodland landscapes; and trackway dating.

Keywords: wetland archaeology, wooden trackways, roads, archaeological sites, excavations

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