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Ships of the Early Modern Age – innovative tree-ring approaches to the Atlantic challenge

Presented by Marta DOMINGUEZ-DELMAS on 16 May 2013 from 15:40 to 16:00
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Old World dendroarchaeology


In the Early Modern Age (1400-1800) the construction of ocean-going ships was a crucial element of European expansion in what has become known as the Age of Discovery. The shipbuilding industries in the Old World placed unprecedented demands on forests for the supply of timber, while wood resources from the New World served to enlarge European fleets overseas to facilitate domestic transport and connections, as well as trans-Atlantic and global trade. Forestry and sea power became inextricably linked. Through review of recently researched case studies, this paper explores the potential of tree-ring investigations on shipwreck assemblages to provide an insight into the relationships between forests and forestry, timber supply and the evolution of shipbuilding in the Early Modern Age. We discuss the adequacy of the approaches employed so far and propose a multi-disciplinary approach for future research, combining dendrochronology with other disciplines from the Life Sciences and the Humanities.


Location: DoubleTree
Room: Salon B

Primary authors

  • Marta DOMINGUEZ-DELMAS Ring Foundation – Netherlands Centre for Dendrochronology, The Netherlands, and University of Huelva, Spain


  • Dr. Ute SASS-KLAASSEN Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Tomasz WAZNY Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, USA, and Institute for the Study, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
  • Nigel NAYLING School of Archaeology History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom