Dating historic timber
You are in [Artefacts] [Miscellaneous] [How to Date Timber-Frame Buildings] A timber-frame building, especially if it is constructed of oak, can often be accurately dated by dendrochronology (tree-ring dating).
Several buildings in Hungerford have been studied by Dr Andy Moir, of Tree-Ring Services.
Timber was in great demand by boat builders and house builders alike and in short supply in the sections and lengths that the medieval carpenters enjoyed.
Archaeologists have found timber framed homes in Britain dating back to the Mesolithic period (over 10,000 years ago) showing clear evidence of timber posts having been set in holes.Dendrochronology, or tree-ring dating, provides absolute dates in two different ways: directly, and by calibrating radiocarbon results.Direct Dating of Wood Cross-dating determines the age of undated wood by directly matching ring patterns with trees of known age.By the Middle Ages timber framing was reaching its peak with the construction of such impressive buildings as the hammer-beam roof of Westminster hall (illustrated here) with its impressive clear span of 18m (60ft).Timber framing went into decline as the Georgian era moved to the Victorian era due to a number of factors.