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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Definitions for dendrochronology

  1. the science dealing with the study of the annual rings of trees in determining the dates and chronological order of past events.

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Citations for dendrochronology
How many hours have I sat through your harangue about carbon dating as compared to dendrochronology and geochronology. Naomi A. Hintze, Ghost Child, 1983
The method they used to do this sleuthing is called dendrochronology—the study of tree rings to understand the past. The remarkable power of dendrochronology lies in the fact that each ring is dated to a specific year, even in samples that are hundreds or thousands of years old. Jerry Beilinson, "The World Trade Center Ship Gets Its Birth Date," The New Yorker, August 7, 2014
Origin of dendrochronology
Dendrochronology entered English in the 1920s. It is derived from the Greek terms déndron meaning “tree” and chrónos meaning “time.” The combining form -logy is used in the names of sciences.
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