The Laboratory activities deal with vegetation history, wood use and land use changes during the Holocene in the Mediterranean area and in other world regions.
The investigation is mainly based on macro and micro-charcoals analysis focusing on the history of Mediterranean trees and forests; botanical macroremains and pollen are also processed. Research especially focused on understanding historical biogeography of Castanea sativa, Juglans regia, Quercus suber, Abies alba, Pinus nigra, Pinus pinea, Prunus persica and Vitis vinifera.
More recently Lab activities extend to detect and increase the value of the cultural landscape (plants and artifacts) in rural and urban areas and the diagnosis and conservation of Wooden Cultural Heritage.
Stable collaboration exists with other labs for AMS dating, isotope analysis, soil science, vegetation modelling, GIS analysis, archaeology and environmental reconstruction.
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