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[An Archaeologist’s Guide to British Species] #10: Aspen

February 9, 2021

In 2021, I am blogging an A-Z compendium of human interactions with species in the British landscape. A list of references for information used in this series can be found here. 

Red aspen leaves in autumn
Aspen in the autumn by Arnstein Rønning. CC BY-SA 3.0

A fast growing poplar tree within the willow family which grows up to 40m tall, distributed across Britain. Short-rotation coppicing would have favoured aspen. Aspen has been used in wattle-and-daub infill. There is no certain archaeological evidence for aspen, as neither the wood nor buds/ bud scales can be distinguished from that of other poplars or even most willows.

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