Plant macrofossil methods and studies | Dendroarchaeology

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Dendroarcheology, the use of tree-ring data to address archeological issues, has played an important role in the archeology of the recent past. Tree-ring dates are precise and accurate to the year, and sometimes season, and have been used to calibrate other methods of dating archeological sites. In addition to precise chronological data, tree-ring dates also contain information about past human behaviors and environmental conditions. The interpretation of dendroarcheological dates is dependent on several factors, such as the types of dates, their number and clustering, and archeological context. By using the principles of date interpretation and combining the different types of information available in dendroarcheological samples, dendroarcheologists are able to examine past human adaptation to changes in the physical, social, and technological environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Pages2307-2315
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780444527479
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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    Towner, R. H. (2006). Plant macrofossil methods and studies | Dendroarchaeology. In Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science (pp. 2307-2315). Elsevier Science Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B0-44-452747-8/00390-2