Definition of dendrochronology in English:



  • [mass noun] The science or technique of dating events, environmental change, and archaeological artefacts by using the characteristic patterns of annual growth rings in timber and tree trunks.

    • ‘In this study, we examine the suitability of dendrochronology to uncover climatic responses in tree rings at small scales in two species of pine on the Virginia Piedmont.’
    • ‘Radiocarbon suggested construction between AD 900-1020, and dendrochronology dates the felling of three trees to AD 1080-1120.’
    • ‘Encroachment of woody vegetation into the grassy openings was assessed using belt transects and dendrochronology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’