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1.5 Dendrochronology in Scotland

Dendrochronology is the technique of dating wood through the measurement and analysis of the growth-patterns of the parent tree. It is the most precise dating technique available to building historians and archaeologists because, given a complete sample with bark edge, the calendar year in which the tree was felled can be identified. The statistical correlations on which the dating method is based also enables the source of the wood to be provenanced. Other growth-ring parameters (Maximum density (Polge 1970); Blue Intensity (Wilson et al.