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The development of an Early Historic tree-ring chronology for Scotland

The development of an Early Historic tree-ring chronology for Scotland

Crone, Anne

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 128 (1998), 485-493

ABSTRACT

This paper summarizes recent dendrochronological work on wood assemblages of Early Historic date. A tree-ring chronology covering the period AD 2 50-752 has been constructed using assemblages from the Northumbrian settlement at Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway, and the crannog at Buiston, Ayrshire. Tree-ring evidence for a period of social instability in the later sixth century AD is considered as is the significance of the ninth-century AD ‘gap’ in tree-ring coverage which is emerging. The reasons for the failure to date any of the smaller assemblages are discussed.

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