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A Slice Through Time : Dendrochronology and Precision Dating - M. G. L. Baillie

A Slice Through Time

Dendrochronology and Precision Dating

Paperback Published: 5th September 1995
ISBN: 9780713476545
Number Of Pages: 180

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The dramatic development of European oak chronologies over the last ten years parallels and supplements the bristlecone-pine chronology in the United States. Dendrochronologists can now provide a wood sample - a time capsule of biological material - for any calender date over the last seven millennia from two continents.
For archaeologists, resigned to the imprecision of radiocarbon dating, the implications are profound. For the first time it is possible to establish precise dates for prehistoric events. Similarly, we have an independent and scientifically objective way of testing historical accounts, such as the traditional Egyptian chronology. Equally fundamental are the insights provided by the related disciplines of dendroecology and dendroclimatology. The Bronze Age eruption of Santorini and the AD 540 event' are explored as fascinating case studies.
Drawing on a further decade of research by himself and others, Mike Baille not only brings the pre-1980 story up to date, but demonstrates the wide and exciting applications of this comparatively new science.

List of illustrationsp. 6
Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 11
The tree-ring dating methodp. 16
Oak dendrochronology comes of agep. 32
Art-historical dendrochronology and the limitations of oak dendrochronologyp. 45
Archaeological dating and some ultimate chronological truthsp. 57
Volcanoes and tree-ringsp. 73
Volcanoes and chronology: the AD 540 storyp. 91
Volcanoes and chronology: the Bronze Age eruption of Santorini (Thera)p. 108
Socio-economic information from tree-ringsp. 122
Environmental reconstruction from tree-ringsp. 135
Problems with dating the Shang and the New Kingdomp. 149
Conclusionp. 159
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 172
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ISBN: 9780713476545
ISBN-10: 0713476540
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 5th September 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 18.42  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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