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Introduction to Dendrochronology

  • 26 Mar 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • VVAC Learning Center
  • 7


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An Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Event

This seminar will explain the field of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) with emphasis on its applications and contribution to northern and central Arizona archaeology. The seminar will consist of lectures, less than an hour in length, with demonstrations, hand-on displays, and representative artifacts.

Specific content will include:

  • Background: The 20th century development of dendrochronology and its interdisciplinary contribution to science.
  • How we know what we know: Scientific fundamentals of data collection and cross-dating tree ring widths.
  • Archaeological applications: Survey of dendroarchaeological studies and important findings from the region.

Nicholas Kessler is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University Arizona. He has been involved in archaeological field work, laboratory research, and analysis since 2006 in both cultural resource management and academic projects. His research interests are centered around the human-environment interface, natural legacies of environmental modification, archaeological reconstructions of population dynamics, and problems in archaeological chronology. Past and present research topics include: soil chemistry and tree growth in Pre-Columbian run-off irrigated fields; ecological and political models of population dynamics in the Northern Rio Grande; high resolution radiocarbon dating of tree ring series; geoarchaeology and late-Quaternary landscape evolution; and dendrochronology.

 Dr. Greg Hodgins and Nicholas Kessler will be presenting a lecture on March 26 at 6:30 in the Camp Verde Library on Dating the Construction and Use of the Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling