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From: "M Hutchinson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 8:11 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Why would copper-age man waste his axe cutting down
> Would he just have barked the trees and waited for them to die? Marjorie
The trunk of a dead oak can remain for several hundred years. If it falls
over due to ring barking or fire then prehistoric man would still have an
enourmous tree to cut up - no easier than felling really.
Ring barking does have the advantage though that it prevents the tree
setting leaf so you get more light to the forest floor - maybe enough to
> >> It puzzles me too; how did prehistoric man clear climatic forests
> >> containing
> >> oaks of enormous girth using flint axes? And I don't believe they
> >> have used fire.
> >> David