Next Tree Mob™ -
May 21, 2015

John (Mac) Marston
Charcoal Tales

John (Mac) Marston, PhD, is a specialist in paleoethnobotany, the study of archaeological plant remains. He has been burning wood samples from the Arnold Arboretum to create a reference collection of charcoal for archaeological field research. In this tree mob, he will explain how archaeologists use small fragments of ancient, burned wood to understand environmental change and describe some of the results from his collaborative work in central Turkey that show long-term human impacts on forests. Gather in the Conifer Collection at 6pm on Thursday, May 21 at Juniperus excelsa Acc. # 17-2003*C.

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What’s a Tree Mob™?

Tree Mobs are interactions with scientists or other specialists at the Arnold Arboretum, and provide another pathway to enjoy and learn in the landscape. Experts share little-known facts about our living plant collection, its relevance today, and its importance to future generations. A Tree Mob may attract a small group or a large gathering—we won’t know until it takes place. Join us in the landscape and discover something new.

What can I expect?

Plan to spend approximately 30 minutes learning about an interesting component of our collection. You can then continue your exploration of the Arnold Arboretum on your own. Tree Mobs are time, date, and location specific.

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