Dendrochronology

Explore the science of tree ring dating from home.

Resource link: Dendrochronology

Trees form a living record of seasons and time, often stretching beyond generational memory. Individual trees can be hundreds of years old, and by cross referencing their individual tree ring patterns we can reach back even further. This is the science of dendrochronology.

Join dendrochronologists Danny and Donald in learning about the history and science of tree ring dating, with supporting activities that explain the principles of dendrochronology – from measuring a single core sample to building a timeline in the classroom.

This resource will be of interest to home educators – and to anyone with an interest in the presentation and interpretation of archaeological science. 

Marcia Cook, Dr Coralie Mills and Dr Jennifer Thoms wrote Dendrochronology for Forestry and Land Scotland (published July 2020 (c) Crown Copyright). It was developed in partnership with Dendrochronicle, Archaeology Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland and is part of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.

Forestry and Land Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government.

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