Tree-Ring Analysis of Oak Timbers from the Chapter House, Worcester Cathedral, Worcester

Author(s): Alison Arnold, Robert Howard, Cliff Litton

Analysis undertaken on 13 samples taken from the timbers of the roof of the Chapter House resulted in the construction of a single site sequence. Site sequence WORCSQ05 contains nine samples and spans the period AD 1558-1660. Eight of these samples have complete sapwood and a last ring date of AD 1660, the felling date of the timbers represented. The ninth sample has an estimated felling date range also entirely consistent with this felling date. Prior to tree-ring analysis being carried out this roof was thought to date to documented renovations of the Chapter House during AD 1386-92. It is now known to be constructed from timbers felled in AD 1660.

Report Number:
65/2004
Series:
CfA Reports
Pages:
15
Keywords:
Dendrochronology Standing Building

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