Definition of dendrochronology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdendrōkrəˈnäləjē/


The science or technique of dating events, environmental change, and archaeological artifacts by using the characteristic patterns of annual growth rings in timber and tree trunks.
Example sentences
  • At the tower's core is a massively strong timber frame, which dendrochronology has recently dated to between 1207 and 1216 with rebuilding using many of the old timbers in 1668-9.
  • Radiocarbon suggested construction between AD 900-1020, and dendrochronology dates the felling of three trees to AD 1080-1120.
  • If the Stafford mill proves to be medieval following dendrochronology dating, it will be the first medieval double mill found in Britain made of timber.



Pronunciation: /-ˌkränlˈäjikəl/
Example sentences
  • Few, however, have linked dendrochronological methods to the archaeological record to document native impacts on pre-European settlement vegetation.
  • A 148-year dendrochronological sequence has been established from measuring tree rings, running from AD 425 to 573.
  • Nonetheless, these stands and the dendrochronological record they represent should be identified and further studied so that the transitions from native American to Colonial European landscapes can be better understood.


Pronunciation: /-jist/
Example sentences
  • By using tree rings to age all trees within a stand, dendrochronologists are able to identify periods of peak tree establishment and periods of limited or no establishment.
  • Historically, dendrochronologists working in closed-canopy forests have focused on reconstructing disturbance regimes and stand dynamics, assuming the effects of climate were minimal in comparison to those of competition.
  • Because trees put on different kinds of wood in early summer and in late summer, dendrochronologists can count annual rings to figure out how old a tree is.

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Syllabification: den·dro·chro·nol·o·gy

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