Assessing the potential to calendar date Māori waka (canoes) using dendrochronology

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Show simple item record Boswijk, Ingrid en Johns, Dilys en 2018-10-17T01:57:51Z en 2018-02 en
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dc.description.abstract The short (c. 750 year) span of human occupation in Aotearoa New Zealand and imprecision of archaeological dating techniques available, presents particular challenges when investigating societal change and continuity during the pre-European and early historic periods. Currently, radiocarbon (14C) dating is used to determine the age of archaeological artefacts and/or sites but variations in atmospheric radiocarbon can affect the precision of calibrated dates resulting in broad age ranges for artefacts. This paper assesses the potential of dendrochronology to accurately and precisely date Māori artefacts, which would securely place them in a temporal context, enhancing understanding of manufacturing, provenance, and changes in style. Two kauri canoes (waka) recovered from waterlogged deposits in the Waikato River Delta and at Muriwai Beach, west Auckland, and currently undergoing conservation, were sampled for tree-ring dating. The ring width series were too short (<40 rings) for crossdating, however, the work described here has been valuable to informing processes regarding sampling and in highlighting the potential of tree-ring analysis to contribute meaningfully to understanding of these culturally and spiritually significant taonga. en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports en
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dc.title Assessing the potential to calendar date Māori waka (canoes) using dendrochronology en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.11.030 en
pubs.begin-page 442 en
pubs.volume 17 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Elsevier en
pubs.end-page 448 en
pubs.publication-status In preparation en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 671438 en Arts en Social Sciences en Anthropology en Science en School of Environment en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-09-20 en 2017-11-30 en

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