A Cutting-Date Estimation Method for Two Archaeologically Important Tree Species

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/112040
Title:
A Cutting-Date Estimation Method for Two Archaeologically Important Tree Species
Author:
Nash, Stephen E.
Citation:
Arizona Anthropologist 10:73-98. © 1993 Association of Student Anthropologists Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Arizona Anthropologist
Issue Date:
1993
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/112040
Abstract:
Regression equations are developed to describe the relationship between heartwood, sapwood, and tree age in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and Douglas fir (Pseudotruga menziesii), two archaeologically important Southwestern tree species.These equations are used to estimate cutting dates for dendrochronological specimens that otherwise offer only noncutting dates. Three case studies are presented that test the efficacy and interpretive utility of the method: Cutting date estimates on living-tree cores allow an analysis of the statistical behavior of the cutting date estimates; and archaeological case studies at Zuni Pueblo and Walpi Pueblo allow consideration of local provenience and site-level interpretations of the cutting-date estimates. It is concluded that archaeological contextual information and simple logic must be considered before a cutting-date estimate is accepted at face value. In addition, the disparate nature of the methods and data suggest that statistical estimation techniques and archaeological dendrochronology should be considered together only with great caution.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
1062-1601

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dc.contributor.authorNash, Stephen E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-29T19:59:28Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-29T19:59:28Z-
dc.date.issued1993-
dc.identifier.citationArizona Anthropologist 10:73-98. © 1993 Association of Student Anthropologists Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721en_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1601-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/112040-
dc.description.abstractRegression equations are developed to describe the relationship between heartwood, sapwood, and tree age in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and Douglas fir (Pseudotruga menziesii), two archaeologically important Southwestern tree species.These equations are used to estimate cutting dates for dendrochronological specimens that otherwise offer only noncutting dates. Three case studies are presented that test the efficacy and interpretive utility of the method: Cutting date estimates on living-tree cores allow an analysis of the statistical behavior of the cutting date estimates; and archaeological case studies at Zuni Pueblo and Walpi Pueblo allow consideration of local provenience and site-level interpretations of the cutting-date estimates. It is concluded that archaeological contextual information and simple logic must be considered before a cutting-date estimate is accepted at face value. In addition, the disparate nature of the methods and data suggest that statistical estimation techniques and archaeological dendrochronology should be considered together only with great caution.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.titleA Cutting-Date Estimation Method for Two Archaeologically Important Tree Speciesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalArizona Anthropologisten_US
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