Timber–regionality and temporality in Northern Europe’s shipbuilding resource

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  • Aoife Maeliosa Daly
A great wealth of tree-ring data now exists for oak ships found across Northern Europe, due to the exercise of dating these timbers and, not least, determining their region of origin. This has allowed links between diverse regions to be made, and to see, in this material evidence, patterns of communication growing and changing through time. An even greater wealth of tree-ring data, for oak in Northern Europe, from our terrestrial built heritage provides the tool which we use for dating and locating the source of ships’ timbers. I am beginning to tap into this dendrochronological resource, through analysis of timber size, age and growth rate, to try to attain a picture of the availability of the timber resource for shipbuilding, through time and space. Through collaboration between dendrochronologists a great volume of this dataset is available for research, allowing comparison of tree-ring data across regions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShips And Maritime Landscapes : Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology, Amsterdam 2012
EditorsJerzy Gawronski, André van Holk, Joost Schokkenbroek
Number of pages338
Place of Publicationeelde
PublisherBarkhuis Publishing
Publication date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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