An Introduction to Tree-ring Dating

Front Cover
University of Arizona Press, 1996 - Gardening - 73 pages
1 Review
Tree-ring dating, or dendrochronology, is the study of the chronological sequence of annual growth rings in trees. This book--a seminal study in its field--provides a simple yet eloquent introduction to the discipline, explaining what a dendrochronologist does both in the field and in the laboratory. Authors Stokes and Smiley first explain the basic principles of tree-ring dating, then describe details of the process, step by step, from the time a sample is collected until it is incorporated into a master chronology. The book focuses on coniferous evergreens of the Southwest, particularly piņons, because they have wide geographic distribution, constitute a large population, and show excellent growth response to certain controlling factors. The book is specifically concerned with the task of establishing a calendar date for a wood or charcoal specimen. This concise but thorough explication of an important discipline will make dendrochonology more meaningful to students and professionals in archaeology, forestry, hydrology, and global change.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - billsearth - LibraryThing

I would rate this book higher if it were specifically written for the subject instead of a projecct on dating dead logs in the southwest U.S. The SW Indian relic emphasis leaves a lot of relevant ... Read full review

Contents

The Effect of Site on Tree Growth
9
Double Rings
16
Collection of Modern Specimens
29
Copyright

5 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1996)

The late Terah L. Smiley was formerly the head of the geosciences department at the University of Arizona.

Bibliographic information