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From: "Michael Haseler" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 10:42 AM
Subject: [BRITARCH] Why would copper-age man waste his axe cutting down
......... > this copper axe is not a felling axe. OK, I can
> get through a 4" fresh log with relative ease - and when I (un)learn some
> the bad technique an iron axe lets you get away I won't have to hammer it
> back in line after every tree, but why would someone thrash such a nice
> blade on chopping big logs?
Not sure why you think copper axes were used to cut down trees. Surely a
flint axe would have been better?
> Surely, it would be simpler just to light a fire at the base, and stoke it
> for a few hours and watch the tree fall over with almost no effort?
Not sure about no effort. As a past warden of a nature reserve, although I
have seen forest fires rampaging through resin-laden conifer tops I have
never seen a deciduous tree catch fire in Britain. Someone once said that
trying to set fire to a healthy oak would be like trying to burn wet
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 could
have used fire.