Assessing the importance of past human behavior in dendroarchaeological research: Examples from range creek canyon, Utah, U.S.A.

Ronald H. Towner, Matthew W. Salzer, James A. Parks, K. Renee Barlow

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Dendroarchaeological samples can contain three kinds of information: chronological, behavioral, and environmental. The decisions of past people regarding species selection, beam size, procurement and modification techniques, deadwood use, and stockpiling are the most critical factors influencing an archaeological date distribution. Using dendrochronological samples from prehistoric and historic period sites in the same area of eastern Utah, this paper examines past human behavior as the critical factor in dendroarchaeological date distributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
JournalTree-Ring Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 21 2009



  • Beam selection
  • Dendroarchaeology
  • Fremont culture
  • Past human behavior
  • Range creek canyon
  • Species selection
  • Utah

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Palaeontology

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