However, historical archaeology has tended to de-emphasize archaeometric analyses because of the availability of a documentary record.
In this study, we investigated whether dendrochronology can be used to determine the felling dates and origin of the trees that were used as wooden pile foundations under historic buildings.Dating and dendroprovenancing of the timber was possible for eight out of nine buildings.Dating methods in historical archaeology differ little from the methods of archaeology in general.Both absolute and relative dating approaches are employed.Once the timeline exists, the age of similar wood (e.g., from a nearby house) can be established by pattern-matching.
The ultimate tree-ring chronology is the 'master' timeline of bristlecone pines - a chronology spanning more than 9,000 years.
Detection of the felling date and origin of the trees used as piles allowed determination of the time lag between felling of the tree and implementation of the timber.
Any possible effects of storage and/or transportation time on the susceptibility of the timber to bacterial degradation are considered.
Radiocarbon dating generally is not reliable for samples postdating c.
Dendroarchaeology almost exclusively uses ring-width (RW) data for dating historical structures and artefacts.
The carpenter laying out joints in the frame used a pair of dividers and a marking device to transfer the irregularities of one timber to its mate.