Northern Europe’s timber resource - chronology, origin and exploitation

A team of archaeologists, historians and scientists have been examining past exploitation of timber in Northern Europe over the last few years. In February we will have a workshop where we tell of our findings and discuss our research.



Day 1 (Thursday 21. Feb)

09:30  Introduction

Aoife Daly

Northern Europe’s timber resource - chronology, origin and exploitation – An introduction to the project

10:00  Timber provenance

Alexandra Rodler

Provenancing archaology timber with strontium isotopes.


Oliver Smith

Theory and methods of ancient DNA in archaeology


Linar Akhmetzyanov

Deep into the wood: anatomy and DNA for timber provenancing.

12:00  Lunch



13:15 - 16:00  Timber provenance cont.

Aoife Daly

Timber for ships – two dendro-archaeological studies, Bøle (AD 1376-96) and Vasa (1628)


Alar Läänelaid &
Kristina Sohar

Oak dendrochronology in Estonia: current state and prospects


Māris Zunde &
Rūtilė Pukienė

Locating historic oaks for Latvian and Lithuanian chronologies problems and potential


Sveva Longo

Systematic investigations of archaeological wood by unusual techniques: MSCT, MRI, Micro-NMR and FTIR

(Evening dinner for speakers)

Day 2 (Friday 22. Feb)

09:30  Timber resource

 Mike Belasus

Fit for water? - Timber quality for shipbuilding purposes and the late 14th Century "Bremen-Cog"


Jan Bill

Exploiting a timber caisson in Bispevika B7: A microstudy of the timber supply to Oslo in 1546


Fred Hocker

Timber for the Swedish navy: receipts, contractors and transaction costs in the 1620s

12:00  Lunch



13:15 - 16:00  Timber resource cont.

Sven Zulauf

The Wooden Trade in Prussia, Gdansk and the Polish Hinterland between 1409 and 1460


Maik Springmann

Ship timber – a special category in forestry? Remarks about wood for construction in reflection of written sources from the Baltic


Bo Fritzbøger

Written evidence of 17th-18th-century domestic timber resources in Denmark


Carsten Jahnke

The timber trade from and into the Baltic, sources and problems