Dendro dating wood
"You can't do history if you have a difference of 300 years or so," said Manning.
But it is also used in environmental sciences by providing answers to questions around tree growth in response to climate and numerous other environmental factors such as fire, flooding, pollution, geomorphic changes, etc.
In well-preserved samples, the date of felling can be refined to within a season of a particular year.
Note however that the date of felling is not the same as the date that the timber was used.
With the exception of waterlogged sites, wood from excavations is very often not preserved well enough to use for dendro dating, although it may still be used for radiocarbon.
The role of dendro sequences in calibrating radiocarbon dates is the other major contribution of this technique (see Radiocarbon).Dendrochronology, or tree-ring research, can provide answers to research questions in different research fields.It is based on the fact that trees as perennial organisms record changes in their environment in their radial growth and tree-ring structure.Similarly, scholars have debated for more than 150 years about the dates of the ancient civilizations of the Babylonians, the Assyrians and the lifetime of Hammurabi, the Babylonian king who helped create the oldest set of written laws.