Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2009

1 May 2010

Tree-Rings, Kings, and Old World Archaeology and Environment: Papers Presented in Honor of Peter Ian Kuniholm

Edited by Sturt W. Manning & Mary Jaye Bruce

Tree-Rings, Kings, and Old World Archaeology and Environment: Papers Presented in Honor of Peter Ian Kuniholm

City: Oxford

Year: 2009

Publisher: Oxbow Books

Description: Hardback, 332 p., b/w & colour illus., tables, charts, 28,5x21,5 cm


Dendrochronology, or tree-ring dating, provides a key resource for understanding archaeological sites and art historical objects and serves as a stepping stone for investigating past climate. In the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, Peter Ian Kuniholm is synonymous with dendrochronology and dendro-archaeology. Since 1973, he has collected wood and developed chronologies from forests, historic buildings, and archaeological sites throughout Greece, Turkey, and surrounding lands; the wood archive at Cornell houses thousands of samples, some of which extend back to 7000 BC.

This rich collection of papers from an international authorship—with a foreword by Colin Renfrew —derives from a 2006 conference held at Cornell University in honor of Peter’s official retirement and provides wide-ranging discussions on a number of topics central to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean. This includes controversy, with a set of papers addressing the current debate over the dating of the great Santorini/Thera volcanic eruption in the mid-second millennium BC. It also includes reports on important archaeological sites such as Akrotiri on Thera and Gordion, Kerkenes Dag, and the province of Lydia in Anatolia, plus the rise and fall of the Hittite empire and the precise dating of the Uluburun ship from the late 14th century BC. Other papers explore the history and scope of dendrochronology throughout Europe and the Near East, its emerging potential in the lands bordering the Black Sea, and the specific sub-field of dendroarchaeology. There are also papers on dendrochemical efforts to identify past environmental events, such as volcanic eruptions, and a review of work on timberline dynamics and climate change in Greece. This collection, celebrating the pioneering work of Peter Ian Kuniholm, will be of interest to a wide range of scholars working in the Aegean and beyond.


Foreword by Colin Renfrew

Preface and Acknowledgments

Contributors to the volume

Bibliography of Peter Ian Kuniholm


Fritz H. Schweingruber, ‘Peter Kuniholm’s dendro time’ [1].

James Muhly, ‘Perspective: archaeology, history, and chronology from Penn to the present and beyond’ [3-11].

M. G. L. Baillie, ‘Excursions into absolute chronology’ [13-23].

Jeffrey S. Dean, ‘One hundred years of dendroarchaeology: Dating, human behavior, and past climate’ [25-31].

A. Billamboz, ‘The absolute dating of Wasserburg Buchau: A long story of tree-ring research’ [33-40].

Tomasz Wazny, ‘Is there a separate tree-ring pattern for Mediterranean oak?’ [41-50].

Maria Ivana Pezzo, ‘Dendrochronological research at Rosslauf (Bressanone, Italy)’ [51-55].

Aleksandar Durman, Andrej Gaspari, Tom Levanič & Matjaz Novšak, ‘The development of the regional oak tree-ring chronology from the Roman sites in Celje (Slovenia) and Sisak (Croatia) [57-63].

Ramzi Touchan & Malcolm K. Hughes, ‘Dendroclimatology in the Near East and eastern Mediterranean region’ [65-70].

Carol B. Griggs, Peter I. Kuniholm, Maryanne W. Newton, Jennifer D. Watkins & Sturt W. Manning, ‘A 924-year regional oak tree-ring chronology for north central Turkey’ [71-79].

Robert Brandes, ‘Dendrochronology on Pinus nigra in the Taygetos Mountains, southern Peloponnisos’ [81-95].

Charlotte L. Pearson & Sturt W. Manning, ‘Could absolutely dated tree-ring chemistry provide a means to dating the major volcanic eruptions of the Holocene?’ [97-109].

D. K. Hauck & K. Ünlü, ‘Dendrochemistry of Pinus Sylvestris trees from a Turkish forest’ [111-118].

K. Ünlü, P.I. Kuniholm, D.K. Hauck, N. Ö. Cetiner & J.J. Chiment, ‘Neutron activation analysis of dendrochronologically dated trees’ [119-131].

Ourania Kouka, ‘Third millennium BC Aegean chronology: Old and new data from the perspective of the third millennium AD’ [133-149].

Sofia Voutsaki, Albert J. Nijboer & Carol Zerner, ‘Middle Helladic Lerna: Relative and absolute chronologies’ [151-161].

Sturt W. Manning, Cemal Pulak, Bernd Kromer, Sahra Talamo, Christopher Bronk Ramsey & Michael Dee, ‘Absolute age of the Uluburun shipwreck: A key Late Bronze Age time-capsule for the East Mediterranean’ [163-187].

Jeremy B. Rutter, ‘How about the pace of change for a change of pace?’ [189-194].

Elizabeth French & Kim Shelton, ‘Archaeologists and scientists: Bridging the credibility gap’ [195-198].

Christina Luke & Christopher H. Roosevelt, ‘Central Lydia archaeological survey: Documenting the prehistoric through Iron Age periods’ [199-217].

Mary M. Voigt, ‘The chronology of Phrygian Gordion’ [219-237].

Geoffrey D. Summers, ‘The end of chronology: New directions in the archaeology of the central Anatolian Iron Age’ [239-252].

Andreas Müller-Karpe, ‘The rise and fall of the Hittite empire in the light of dendroarchaeological research’ [253-262].

Christos Doumas, ‘Aegean absolute chronology: Where did it go wrong?’ [263-274].

‘The Thera Debate’ [275]

Malcolm H. Wiener, ‘Cold Fusion: The Uneasy alliance of history and science’ [277-292].

Walter L. Friedrich, Bernd Kromer, Michael Friedrich, Jan Heinemeier, Tom Pfeiffer & Sahra Talamo, ‘Santorini eruption radiocarbon dated to 1627-1600 BC: Further discussion’ [293-298].

Sturt W. Manning, Christopher Bronk Ramsey, Walter Kutschera, Thomas Higham, Bernd Kromer, Peter Steier & Eva M. Wild, ‘Dating the Santorini/Thera eruption by radiocarbon: Further discussion (AD 2006-2007)’ [299-316].

Malcolm H. Wiener, Walter L. Friedrich & Sturt W. Manning, ‘Thera discussion’ [317-332].


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