Shawn Richardson wrote:I'm writing an article on hugelkultur and I'm trying to find historical references for the practice. I noticed that someone else asked about this on this forum a couple of years ago without much of a response. So, I thought I would ask again.
Right now the only history of hugelkultur I can accurately write about starts in 1962 with Beba and Andra. There are claims all over the place that it is a practice that's hundreds if not a thousand of years old. But I'm just not finding any mention of the practice anywhere. I can find period explanations of how to burn a forest to clear it for agriculture, but I haven't found any mention of cutting it down and burying it. Considering how valuable wood was for construction and fuel, the idea that farmers would bury that wood seems a little tenuous.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. tia