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7. Wood and woodworking


Fresco from woodwoorking shop, Pompeii
The archeological artefacts discovered in Pompeii include numerous woodworking tools. Wood was widely used for the construction of buildings, ships, vehicles, furniture, doors, and numerous other everyday items.
The tools, divided according to their intended purpose (felling trees, carpentry, joining), were made of iron in shapes that recall the bronze prototypes produced by the civilizations prior to the Romans. These are the expression of a technology for which humans were the sole source of energy, and which was therefore strongly conditioned by the need to use wood sparingly.
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