Some cool research into scar on trees, that appeared on the Ancientfoods blog
Topic: Bark used to make flour
The article below is fasinating it goes to show just how far man will go to feed himself as well as preserve nature around him.
The mysterious scars on ancient pine trees in northern Norway have been explained. The pines were once used as a food supplement.
During a recent mapping of the rare virgin forest in and around the Øvre Dividalen National Park in Troms, Norway, scientists noticed some scars reappearing on the trees. Many trees had some of their bark cut away on one side, leaving marks that were hard to explain.
Arve Elvebakk of the University of Tromsø (UiT) headed the study. He worked together with Andreas Kirchhefer, an expert in dating old trees by tree-ring analysis. He had already used ancient pines to chart weather and climate conditions.
Could the cuts in the bark have been left by settlers who…
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