With fall coming to a close, there is no better time to talk about tree rings and their use in archaeology.
You probably know that trees have rings (which you can see and count when you look at a stump after a tree has been cut), but did you know that the rings of a tree let you know how old it is? Tree ring dating allows archaeologists to date when a tree was cut. The method was developed in the early 20th century by A.E. Douglass. Douglass was an astronomer who worked at archaeological sites in the Southwestern United States. By the 1960’s, tree ring dating spread to Europe. Soon, with the rise of computers and statistical methods, scientists, like archaeologists, were able to create long series of tree ring dates that could be used to help figure out how old things are Read more