Oaks, tree-rings and wooden cultural heritage: a review of the main characteristics and applications of oak dendrochronology in Europe

TitelOaks, tree-rings and wooden cultural heritage: a review of the main characteristics and applications of oak dendrochronology in Europe
PublicatietypeTijdschriftartikel
Publicatiejaar2009
AuteursHaneca, K, Cufar, K, Beeckman, H
Titel van het tijdschriftJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume of jaargang36
Begin en eindpagina's1-11
UitgeverElsevier
Trefwoordendendrochronologie, review
Samenvatting

We overview the recent development of oak dendrochronology in Europe related to archaeology and arthistory. Tree-ring series of European oaks (Quercus robur and Q. petraea) have provided a reliable framework for chronometric dating and reconstruction of past climate and environment. To date, long oak chronologies cover almost the entire Holocene, up to 8480 BC and the network over the entire area in which the two oaks grow is being improved.We present the main characteristics of oak ring series and discuss the latest methodological advances in defining the calendar year in which the tree-ings were formed and in interpreting such dating in terms of the age of a wooden object. Dendrochronology has established itself as a standard dating tool and has been applied in a wide variety of (pre-)historical studies. Archaeological wood, historical buildings, works of art (such as panel paintings and sculptures) have been successfully investigated. Recent advances in dendro-provenancing have helped to obtain more information on the timber trade in the past. Information on past forest structures, silviculture and timber use have become available through scrutinizing historical and contemporary ring-width patterns.

Citation KeyHaneca:2009aa
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