Wo sind die Retorten? Gedanken zur allotherment Herstellung von Birkenpech

Author(s): Andreas Kurzweil; Jürgen Weiner

Year: 2013


There is proof that birch pitch has already been used 200 000 years ago. Its basic production method was tangible only since historical times, but deeper knowledge concerning the transformation of birch bark into pitch is still missing. Until now Experimental Archaeology showed that it was possible to produce birch pitch by autothermal processing. In the present paper a method of birch pitch production is proposed by employing allothermal processing in combination with the use of (one way) retorts of organic material.

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Wo sind die Retorten? Gedanken zur allotherment Herstellung von Birkenpech. Andreas Kurzweil, Jürgen Weiner. Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa Bilanz 2013. 12: 10-19. 2013 ( tDAR id: 424898)

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tar or pitch

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 5.865; min lat: 47.275 ; max long: 15.034; max lat: 55.057 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

Record Identifiers

ExArc Id(s): 14009


Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.