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Keywords:

  • dendroprovenancing;
  • dating;
  • provenance;
  • dendrochronology;
  • oak;
  • Mary Rose

Dendrochronology has proved useful in suggesting the provenance of timbers in northern Europe, particularly for ship-timbers, which may have originated from a distant source. Historical chronologies are usually derived from timbers of uncertain origin. In trying to provenance a new chronology, therefore, trends in the geographical distribution of statistical matches should be viewed, rather than individual strong matches. While it is usual to test a site-chronology created from several individual timbers, in a situation such as the Mary Rose, where individual timbers may have been sourced from several regions, the matches of individual timbers may shed light on their origins.

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