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Dendroarchaeology in the Southwest: Past, Present, and Future
Presented by Ronald TOWNER on 15 May 2013 from 18:00 to 21:00
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: Poster Session + Reception
Board #: 12
Almost 100 years ago, the astronomer Andrew Ellicott Douglass of the University of Arizona received archaeological tree-ring samples from archaeologists working in northwestern New Mexico. Although it took Douglass—in collaboration with many archaeologists—another 15 years, he ultimately laid the foundation for the most accurate and precise prehistoric cultural chronology in the world. Since Douglass’s time, dendroarchaeologists at the LTRR have moved beyond simple tree-ring chronology building and site dating to develop a robust body of dendrarchaeological method and theory while building the most extensive archive of natural and cultural tree-ring samples in the world. This presentation briefly (a) discusses some of this dendroarchaeological history, (b) uses examples to illuminate past human responses to changing physical and social environments, and (c) suggests future research agendas that will expand dendroarchaeology theoretically, methodologically, and geographically while retaining our collective roots in the Southwest.