Dendrochronology

A dating method based on tree-ring sequences used to date timbers and other wood remains from archaeological structures and sites.

From a single timber sample, or series of samples, measuring tree ring growth against a known pattern allows a date to be given, often to within a span of a few years.

Denchronology in action, dating the door at St Peter's, Old Woking Image: Rod Wild

Denchronology in action, dating the door at St Peter’s, Old Woking
Image: Rod Wild

The Surrey Dendrochronology Project has so far dated over 4,000 timber-framed buildings across the county.

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