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Tree-Ring Dating

  • Principle of Crossdating

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    Crossdating, the basic principle of tree-ring dating, illustrated. The landscape across the American Southwest has living trees, dead but exposed snags and remnant trees, and archaeological wood preserved in existing structures and cliff dwellings.
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References: 

Jeffrey S. Dean, “Behavioral Sources of Error in Archaeological Tree-Ring Dating: Navajo and Pueblo Wood Use,” in Tree-Rings, Environment, and Humanity: Proceedings of the International Conference, Tucson, ed. Jeffrey S. Dean et al. (Tucson, AZ: Radiocarbon, 1996).

Jeffrey S. Dean, “Dendrochronology and the Study of Human Behavior,” in Tree-Rings, Environment, and Humanity: Proceedings of the International Conference, Tucson, ed. Jeffrey S. Dean et al. (Tucson, AZ: Radiocarbon, 1996).

Andrew E. Douglass, “The Secret of the Southwest Solved by Talkative Tree-Rings,” National Geographic 56 (December 1929).

Harold C. Fritts, Tree-Rings and Climate (New York: Academic Press, 1976).

Harold C. Fritts and Thomas W. Swetnam, “Dendroecology: A Tool for Evaluating Variations in Past and Present Forest Environments,” Advances in Ecological Research 19 (1989).

Lorna Gail LaDage, Zeke Flora: Legacy in Rings (Goodman Point, CO: Mountains and Mesas Press, 2012).

Stephen E. Nash, Time, Trees, and Prehistory: Archaeological Tree-Ring Dating and the Development of North American Archaeology 1914–1950 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1999).

Stephen E. Nash and Christina T. Rogers, “An Embarrassment of Riches: Tree-Ring Dating, the History of Archaeology, and the Interpretation of Pre-Columbian History at Mesa Verde National Park,” in Archaeology in the Great Basin and Southwest: Papers in Honor of Don D. Fowler, eds. Nancy Parezo and Joel Janetski (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2014).

Ronald H. Towner, “Archaeological Dendrochronology in the Southwestern United States,” Evolutionary Anthropology 11 (2002).

Ronald H. Towner and Michael R. Clary, “Historical Dendroarchaeology in Central Colorado: Lessons from the Keystone Area,” Southwestern Lore 67, no. 3 (Fall 2001).

Additional Information: 

Michael G. L. Baillie, A Slice Through Time: Dendrochronology and Precision Dating (London: B.T. Batsford, Ltd., 1995).

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

Stephen E. Nash, “Archaeological Tree-Ring Dating at the Millennium,” Journal of Archaeological Research 10 (2002).

Henri D. Grissino Mayer, “The Science of Tree-Rings,” University of Tennessee, last updated February 8, 2016.

James Speer, Fundamentals of Tree-Ring Research (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010).

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