TREE-RING ANALYSIS OF TIMBERS FROM PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL, PETERBOROUGH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE: BOARDS FROM THE PAINTED NAVE CEILING - PHASE 2

Author(s): C Groves

Dendrochronological analysis was carried out on 13 in situ oak boards from bays 2 and 3 of the painted nave ceiling at Peterborough Cathedral. The ring sequences from 11 of these boards matched and dated to produce a tree-ring chronology spanning the period AD 986-1220. These were all probably felled and initially used in the mid-thirteenth century or later. The oak boards were derived from imported timbers, probably from northern Germany, and are the earliest group of deliberately imported timbers analysed in Britain. They pre-date the period of extensive export of timber through the German Hanse from the eastern Baltic region during the early-fourteenth century to around AD 1650, and are thus a valuable addition to the growing body of information concerning the evolution of the timber trade. The wood type of 19 post-medieval softwood replacement boards was determined. Two different coniferous wood types were identified, one of which is associated with an area of the ceiling in which a number of differences had been noted during the conservation programme.

Report Number:
37/2000
Series:
AML Reports (New Series)
Pages:
42
Keywords:
Dendrochronology Standing Building

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