Wooded environments and interactions with the archaeological resource
The most frequently quoted issues relating to the management of the archaeological resource relate to cultivation or windthrow damage. However, there are many wider environmental parameters associated with woodland that could potentially be either benign or detrimental to archaeological preservation. For example:
Trees have the potential to alter the physical above-ground environment, typically providing more shelter and less temperature variation than an open landscape.
The chemical composition of any wet deposition under a woodland canopywill also vary to that outside of the woodland.