Our reports on scientific dating, including dendrochronology and radiocarbon methods, add new insights to understanding the chronology of buildings and sites.
Old Manor House (Remains of), Manor Road, Portslade-by-Seas, Brighton, East Sussex: Dendrochronological Investigation of an ex situ Oak Lintel
Author: Dr Martin Bridge The timber proved not to be suitable for dendrochronology, but a sample was taken in case of future interest in pursuing other dating techniques.
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Borley Church, Hall Road, Borley, Essex: Dendrochronological Investigation and Radiocarbon Wiggle-matching of Oak Timbers from the Nave and Chancel Roofs
Authors: Dr Martin Bridge, Cathy Tyers, A Bayliss, Michael Dee, Sanne Palstra.
Radiocarbon wiggle-matching of one of the two cross-matching cores suggests that these were felled in 1464–1485 cal AD.
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Church of St Michael Coslany, Oak Street, Norwich, Norfolk: Tree-Ring Analysis and Radiocarbon Wiggle-Matching of Oak Timbers from the Chancel
Authors: Dr Martin Bridge, A Bayliss, Michael Dee, Sanne Palstra
The three timbers represented in this site master chronology were likely felled in the period of AD 1434–1466DR.
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Kings Farm, Livery Road, West Winterslow, Wiltshire: Tree-ring Analysis of Oak Timbers
Authors: Alison Arnold, Robert Howard, Cathy Tyers
Dendrochronological analysis was undertaken on cores from 23 of the 25 timbers sampled in this building.
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Thaxted Guildhall, Town Street, Thaxted, Essex: Tree-ring Analysis of Oak Timbers
Authors: Dr Martin Bridge, Cathy Tyers
The likely felling date range of AD 1421–53, modified to AD 1428–53 in light of one sample retaining the ring for AD 1428, can be applied to most of the dated timbers.
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