Dendrochronology in Archaeology: Current Research

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 140

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Institute for the Study, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Nicolaus Copernicus University, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Interests: dendrochronology; dendroarchaeology; wood anatomy; wood science
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is dedicated to dendrochronology and its classical application—archaeology and the study of humans’ past. This branch of dendrochronology is called dendroarchaeology. We would like to present dendrochronology not only as a dating method but first of all as an interdisciplinary and well-established science applied to the reconstruction of our history and prehistory. The subject of this study is forest products preserved in the form of standing wooden constructions, archaeological timbers, shipwrecks, or charcoal pieces. They provide old tree rings preserved in wood, playing witness to past landscapes and vegetation, and are the archives of past climate and environment. They reflect climatically stimulated periods of human activity and the rise and fall of ancient civilizations and empires. The crucial questions of our civilization may be resolved with annual precision.

In this Special Issue, we would like to invite you to present the current state of dendroarchaeology, including new discoveries, dating results, and innovative approaches transferable to dendroarchaeology: new statistical procedures, isotope study, DNA, the utilization of wood species considered not suitable for dendrochronology, etc. Our intention is to encourage you to participate in the exploration of past civilizations, human history, and prehistory within the climatic–environmental context, rooted in wood structures. We hope to induce close interdisciplinary cooperation with historians, archaeologists, and climatologists at the interface of humanities and natural sciences.

Prof. Dr. Tomasz Wazny
Guest Editor

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  • dendroarchaeology
  • dendroprovenancing
  • tree rings
  • historical wood utilization
  • past forest exploitation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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